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World’s Oldest Calculator

The Antikythera Mechanism, oldest known calculator, is even older than first thought. It was found in 1900 as part of a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The technological complexity of this device, which is believed to have charted moving planets, marked the passing of days and years, and also may have predicted eclipses, was designed…

Jonas Salk’s 100th Birthday

The History of Polio is forever and inextricably linked with  Jonas Salk . Salk’s eagerly anticipated achievement of inoculation against the much feared polio virus was made public on April 12, 1955 Not long after the announcement of the success of the Salk Vaccine , Jonas appeared in what would become a well-known television interview with Edward R. Murrow. When Murrow asked why he did not…

Top Ten Deadliest Tornadoes in Oklahoma History

Rank City Date Scale Fatalities Injuries 1 Woodward 4/9/1947 F5 116 782 2 Snyder 5/10/1905 F5 97* 58* 3 Peggs 5/2/1920 F4 71 100 4 Antlers 4/12/1945 F5 69 353 5 Pryor 4/27/1942 F4 52 350 6 (Bridge Creek-Newcastle-Moore-Oklahoma City) 5/3/1999 F5 36 583 7 Oklahoma City 6/12/1942 F4 35 100 8 Cleveland County 04/25/1893…

Conditions of Hong Kong Reverting to Chinese Rule

Talks began in 1982 between Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping that would determine the future fate of Hong Kong. Prime Minister Thatcher flew to Peking (Beijing the capital of the People’s Republic of China) in September 1982 in hopes of retaining Hong Kong as British, but she failed in her attempt. Two years later in…

World War I Facts

World War 1 began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. Differences in foreign policies were to blame, although the immediate cause was the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand. The two main sides were the Allies, which included France, Great Britain and Russia; and Germany and Austria-Hungary. In total, 30 countries were…

Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies

Known for such popular hit songs: “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” and anthem for civil rights, “We Shall Overcome.”  has died at the age of 94. Read More