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A History of Britain
A History of Britain
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History of the World
The History of the World
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The Seventy Architectural Wonders of our World
The Seventy Architectural Wonders of our World
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World History Event Date
The Spacecraft Voyager 2 beams back close up pictures of Uranus and Neptune. 1986 and 1989
The Space Shuttle Columbia became the first shuttle to orbit the Earth. Flown by Commander John W. Young and Pilot Robert L. Crippen. 1981
The Dutch company Philips and Japan's Sony introduce the compact disc. Commercial launch, 1982. 1978
The BBC's CEEFAX and ITV's ORACLE began test transmissions of Teletext. 1973
The Intel Corporations Intel 4004 is generally regarded as the world's first microprocessor, which was made for a Japanese calculator manufacturer Busicomp. 1971
Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first men to explore the Moon surface. 1969
Geostationary satellites, those that sit at a fixed point above the Earth's surface, came into use, and revolutionised international communication. 1963
The Dutch company Philips invented the compact cassette. 1963
The hovercraft was invented by Sir Christopher Cockerell. 1956
The Japanese company Sony introduce the transistor radio. 1954
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first major international TV broadcast. 1953
Francis Crick and James Watson discover that the life molecule, DNA, is a double helix, resembling a twisted ladder. 1953
The long-playing record (the LP) was invented by Columbia Records (US). It played at 33-rpm and was 10 or 12 inches in diameter. 1948
US based Bell Labs scientists, J.Bardeen, W.Shockley and W.Braittain are credited with the invention of the transistor. 1948
The divers aqualung was invented by Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 -1997). 1943

What the Romans did for Us
What the Romans did for Us
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What the Victorians did for Us
What the Victorians did for Us
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The Life of Brunel
The Life of Isambard Brunel
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The first flight of a single-rotor helicopter was made by the Russian born aviation pioneer, Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972). 1939
Two Hungarian inventors, Ladislo and George Biro invented the ballpoint pen. 1938
The worlds first television service began. 1936
Nylon is a synthetic fiber invented by Wallace H. Carothers(1896-1937) in America. 1935
Percy Shaw (1890-1976) invents the reflecting road studs, usually called "Cat's Eyes". 1934
Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996) patented a design for a jet aircraft engine. 1930
The UK Pioneer Airwoman Amy Johnson (1903-1941) became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. 1930
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) makes the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, between New York and Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis. 1927
John Logie Baird, the Scottish inventor, transmitted the first recognizable pictures. 1925
Richard G. Drew (1886-1956) invented masking tape and clear adhesive tape. 1923
The first non-stop transatlantic aeroplane flight, by UK aviators J.Alcock and A.W.Brown. 1919
The worlds first set of traffic lights are installed in Detroit, USA. (So that's who's to blame, eh?!!) 1919
First flight across the English Channel, by Louis Bleriot of France. 1909
Robert Peary (1856-1920) an American explorer and Naval officer led the first expedition to the North Pole. 1909
Leo Hendrik Baekeland (1863-1944) a Belgian-born American chemist invented Bakelite, an inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, and popular plastic. 1909
The tea bag (originally made of silk and was a sample bag) was invented by New York tea merchant, Thomas Sullivan. 1908
Henry Ford produces the first Model T. 1908
Wilbur (1867-1912) & Orville Wright (1871-1948) make the first heavier-than-air flight. 1903

Inventing the 19th Century
The age of Victorian Inventions
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Patent Procedures
Patent Procedures for Inventors
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What the Tudors and Stuarts did for Us
What the Tudors and Stuarts did for Us
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The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2000 Years
The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2000 Years
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Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), an Italian, sent the first radio transmissions, coded signals that were transmitted only about 1.6 km (1 mile). 1896
Nikoli Tesla (1856-1943), a Croatian inventor who moved to the USA in 1884, invented the theoretical model for radio. 1892
The Hall Braille typewriter was invented by Frank Haven Hall. 1892
The Zip Fastening device used in clothing was invented in the USA by Whitcomb Judson, originally for doing up shoes. 1891
The Eiffel Tower was completed. Built by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. 1889
The first successful electric tramcars run in Richmond, Virginia, USA. 1888
John Pemberton (1830-1888) invented Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 1886
Lewis E. Waterman, a New York City insurance salesman, designed the first workable fountain pen. 1884
Thomas Edison (1847-1931) invented the Light Bulb. 1880
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) invented the telephone (with Thomas Watson). 1876
Melville R. Bissell invented the carpet sweeper to clean his wife's crockery shop at Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. 1876
Dividing the Earth into 24 time zones was proposed by the Canadian engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 1870's
The philatelist and inventor of the postcard, Dr. Emanuel Herrmann, sent pictures of the hotel Seefels on the banks of Lake Wörthersee, Austria. 1869
Dmitri Mendeleyev classifies the elements into the Periodic Table. 1869
The Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invented the explosive dynamite. 1867
After many previous attempts, Brunels ship the Great Eastern laid the first successful transatlantic communication cable. 1866
The first underground railway opened in London. 1863
Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace set out their theory of evolution. 1858
The Singer Sewing Machine, patented 1853, the first practical domestic sewing machine by inventor Isaac M. Singer (1811-75) 1853
Elisha G. Otis (1811-1861) invented the safe passenger and goods elevator (lift) first used at the Yonkers factory, New York, USA. 1852
The Great Exhibition of arts and manufactures at Crystal Palace, London. Designed and built by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865). 1851

Great Britons
Great Britons
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The Victorians
The Victorians
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Submarine cable is laid under the English Channel between Britain and France. 1851
The safety pin was invented by US inventor Walter Hunt (1795-1859). 1849
Gold discovered in California. 1848
The Penny Black, a prepaid adhesive postage stamp, first introduced in Britain. 1840
Samuel Morse perfects the single-wire telegraph system and the Morse Code. 1838
Queen Victoria came to the throne (R=1837-1901) 1837
The first passenger railway opens in England (from Stockton to Darlington). 1825
English inventor, Joseph Aspdin invented Portland Cement, which has remained the dominant cement ever since and was named after the high quality building stones quarried at Portland, England. 1824
Josiah Spode II (1755-1827) of England probably perfected bone china by mixing bone ash, refined clay and potterystone, but the real credit almost certainly belongs to Josiah Spode I (1733-1797) who did the early work. 1800
Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (1745-1827) was an Italian physicist who invented the chemical battery. 1800

Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age
Fred Dibnah's Industrial Age
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The Second World War
The Second World War
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Tutankhamun - The Exodus Conspiracy
Tutankhamun - The Exodus Conspiracy
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The Oxford Children's Encyclopedia of History
The Oxford Children's Encyclopedia of History
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Turn Your Idea or Invention into Millions
Turn Your Invention into Millions
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Girls Think of Everything
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Female Inventors
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Feminine Ingenuity
Feminine Ingenuity
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Physics in the 20th Century
Physics in the 20th Century
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The Inventor's Notebook
The Inventor's Notebook
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British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History
British Food: A Thousand Years of History
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Starting in 1750, Ambrose Gallimore established a pottery near Coalport, on the River Severn in Shropshire, England. Later, Thomas Turner, aided by John Rose and Edward Blakeway opened their own factory and brought the Coalport name to international prominence. 1796
The first semaphore telegraph, from Lille to Paris, 225km (140miles), France, was built by Claude Chappe. 1794
First Balloon crossing of the English Channel by J.P.Blanchard and J.Jeffries. 1785
Joseph (1740-1810) and Jacques Etienne (1745-1799) Montgolfier, two French brothers from Vidalon-les-Annonay, near Lyons, made the first successful hot-air balloon flight. 1782
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) sets up the United States federal postal service. 1775
The first porcelain factory in Limoges, France, was established, following the discovery close-by of Kaolin, the fine white clay essential to porcelain making, at St.Yrieix in 1765. 1771
Josiah Spode I (1733-1797), English potter, founder of the Spode pottery manufactory in what is now Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England. . 1770
The Sevres factory in France began producing colourful and gilded hard-paste porcelain reflecting the splendor of the French royal court of the rococo period. 1769
James Hargreaves (1720?-1778) was the English weaver and spinner who invented the spinning jenny which marked the start of the Industrial Revolution in England. 1764.
Patented 1770
Josiah Wedgwood, (1730-1795), English potter, rented the Ivy House Pottery Works, Burslem, from his uncles John and Thomas Wedgwood, allowing him to start his own pottery business. 1759
Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning conductor rod (following experiments with kites in a storm) which could protect buildings and ships from lightning damage. (DON'T try this at home folks!) 1752
Dr. John Wall and group of local businessmen established the now famous porcelain manufactory on the banks of the River Severn in Worcester, England. Now known as Royal Worcester. 1751
Andrew Planche with William Duesbury, established the first china works in Derby, England. Became Crown Derby under King George III in 1775, and in 1890, Queen Victoria granted the title "The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company". 1750
Two Frenchmen, the jeweller Charles Gouyn and the silversmith Nicholas Sprimont, first produced soft porcelain at Chelsea, London. Ended 1784. 1745
The Sèvres Porcelain Factory was originally established at Chateau de Vincennes, France by craftsmen from a nearby porcelain factory at Chantilly. Noted for their finely detailed gilding and hand painted porcelain for the wealthy. 1738
The sextant was invented independently in both England and America. 1731
Augustus II (1670-1733) of Saxony, known as Augustus the Strong commissioned alchemy work which may have accidently led to the discovery of the Chinese formula for hard paste porcelain. The first European royal porcelain manufactory was established at Meissen, near Dresden, Germany, to use the formula. 1710
English glassmaker George Ravenscroft (1618-1681), patented a new type of glass called "lead crystal". Greater amounts of lead oxide gave the glass its brilliance. 1674
The inventor of the barometer was Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647) an Italian physicist and mathematician. 1644
Hans Lippershey (c1570-c1619) of Holland is credited with creating the first refracting telescope. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) built the first reflecting telescope around 1668-9, which was previously described by the Scottish mathematician, James Gregory (1638-1675) in 1663. 1608


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