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The Fosbury Flop

A little dramatization of how one high school track team walk-on changed the high jump forever.

On May 15th, 1976 this photograph was taken by…

On May 15th, 1976 this photograph was taken by Robin Hood. It shows Vietnam War veteran Eddie Robinson, sitting in his wheelchair with his son on his lap, watching the Chattanooga Armed Forces Day Parade. The Vietnam War had ended almost exactly 1 year earlier.

The photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for photography in 1977.

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The first automated car wash was – where else – in Detroit. It opened in 1914 with the imaginative name of “Automated Laundry.“ It was a luxury service for a luxury good, because the process took all day! The car had to be pushed, by hand, through brash wash components. It was not until the 1950s that the conveyor belt was added.

The First Photo Taken In Space

Germany developed the V-2 rocket to bomb England during World War II. After the war ended, the US seized unused V-2s and transported them to New Mexico. On October 24, 1946, scientists there place a 35-millimeter motion picture camera on the nose of a V-2, and launched the rocket vertically into space. The camera automatically captured a new image every few seconds while the rocket climbed to an altitude of 65 miles. Conventionally, space begins at 62 miles (100 km) from sea level.

Once it ran out of fuel the V2 fell back to earth. When the wreckage was found, the camera itself had been destroyed, but the film, in a steel cassette, survived unharmed. Range scientists apparently “were jumping up and down like kids” according to enlisted soldier Fred Rulli, 19, who was on the wreckage recovery team. “The scientists just went nuts.”

In 1884, electrical engineer Rookes Crompton w…

In 1884, electrical engineer Rookes Crompton wrote, “At the recent Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition, a couple from the country asked the price of an incandescent lamp at one of the stalls, and being supplied with it for 5s., expended a box of matches in trying to light it, and then declared the whole thing was a swindle.”

A Stunning Soviet Map of NYC

The USSR military had extremely accurate maps of almost the entire world. This is their 1982 map of New York City, with Lower Manhattan in the upper right-hand corner, and Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in the mid-left side. The map even includes the dimensions, and building materials, of the bridges.

Travels with Bill: A wonderful photo collection that document…

Travels with Bill: A wonderful photo collection that document the 1963 USA Tour of an American couple.

Where Was The Seven Years’ War Fought?

Known by various names – the Pomeranian War (Sweden), the Third Carnatic War (India), the French and Indian War (USA), La guerre de la Conquête (Quebec) – it involved all the major European powers and spanned five continent. Which is why the conflict is sometimes called “World War Zero.”

Did You Know The US Has An Official Spanish An…

In 1945, the U.S. State Department commissioned an official Spanish translation of the Star-Spangled Banner as part of an effort to redefine the US’ relationship with Latin America. So the US State Department held a contest! They requested Spanish versions that fit musically while being as close to the original as possible.

In the end, the winner was “El Pendón Estrellado” by Peruvian immigrant Clotilde Arias, a New York-based composer. It has never caught on.

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The first known movie censorship? Nude scenes were removed from the 1934 American film Tarzan and His Mate. To be more accurate, nude scenes were removed from some versions of Tarzan and His Mate.

You see, three versions of the film were shown simultaneously: no nude swimming scene in conservative parts of the US, a topless swimming scene in most of the country, and a fully nude swimming scene in a few select theaters (mostly in New York City).