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Jun 30, 2015

Today is the 78th anniversary of the debut of the first emergency telephone number.
Here are some things you might not know about the history of emergency telephone numbers.
First, the service was originally offered in the greater London area of Great Britain. The number, 999, was selected because it is easy to...

Jun 29, 2015

On June 29, 1956, the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act was signed into law by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
Here are a few things you may not have known about the Act and the Interstate Highway system it funded.
First, Eisenhower had two inspirations for the Interstate system. The first was the...

Jun 26, 2015

On June 26, 1974, the first product with a UPC code was scanned by a cash register.
Here are some things you may not know about the system.
First, early ideas for methods to quickly scan items involved punch cards, bulls-eye symbols and color codes. Eventually a grocery industry group agreed on a proposal from...

Jun 25, 2015

On June 25, 1967, the first live global satellite television show was aired.
Here are a few facts you might not know about "Our World."
First, it's best known for its finale, which featured the Beatles premiere performance of "All You Need is Love." Performing with the Beatles were the Rolling Stones, Eric...

Jun 24, 2015

On June 24, 1880, "O Canada" was performed for the first time.
Here are some things you may not have known about the Canadian national anthem.
First: The lyrics were originally written in French to celebrate Saint Jean-Baptiste Day. A version in English was written in 1906, with more-popular lyrics written in...