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On this day: 1904: Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus of Panama 1940: Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black actor to win an Academy Award She won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the 1939 historical romance Read more…

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On this day: 1991: The first Gulf War ends The armed conflict had lasted a little over half a year and claimed over 100,000 civilian casualties. 1935: Nylon is invented Wallace Carothers first produced the polymer at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Born on this day: Read more…

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On this day: 1933: Germany’s parliament building is set on fire The Nazis used the Reichstag fire to justify harsh repression against political opponents. The event is considered pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany. 1932: The neutron is discovered English physicist James Chadwick was later awarded the Nobel Prize Read more…

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On this day: 1993: A car bomb explodes below the World Trade Center in New York 1991: The world’s first web browser is presented to the public The browser “WorldWideWeb” (later renamed “Nexus”) was developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist best known as the inventor of the internet. Read more…

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On this day: 1991: The Warsaw Pact is disbanded Following the end of the Cold War, the defence treaty between 8 communist states had lost its purpose. It had been signed in 1955 as an antagonist of NATO. 1947: The state of Prussia is dissolved At its peak, the most Read more…