1952 - Always wondered when the first automatic traffic lights were installed? Well today, in the year 1952, the first ‘don’t walk’sign was installed in New York City. The reason for this smart invention was to decrease the number of pedestrian accidents.
The lack of an apostrophe
The first don’t walk signs that were installed in New York didn’t have an apostrophe between the letters n and t, which makes that the sign was written as ‘dont walk’. One theory as to why these signs lack an apostrophe, is that people believed that it made the stop command more urgent. Another theory about why the signs missed the apostrophe was because they were made from a single-piece neon light, which made it difficult to add the apostrophe.
Between 1999 and 2000, the traditional ‘walk’ and ‘don’t walk’ signs began to phase out because they were difficult to understand for people who didn’t speak English. Many pedestrian accidents occurred with tourists in New York and therefore the city decided to change the traditional sign into a simple stick figure of a walking man when green, and a raised hand when red.
360 trivial fact
Did you know many crosswalk signal buttons don’t even work? Many crossroads are controlled with modern computerized systems, which are installed to automatically control traffic. Therefore, most of the buttons are installed to give you something to press while waiting. These are also called “placebo buttons”.
Music from your pocket
Imagine a device. A device with a screen that’s 4,2 centimetres wide and 3,3 tall. It can store 5 GB of data and has 10 hours of battery life. It costs 300 US dollars. Oh, and it can only play music. If you combine all of these you will get the first iPod. Released this day in the year 2001. Read More >>
Highway to success
The famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison had to give Henry the necessary conviction and a push in the right direction to make him proceed with the works that he had merely seen as a dream or hobby. But it worked. Today in 1906 a new icon in car history became a fact. Henry Ford started his own car factory. Read More >>
The media queen
Known as the 'queen of social media', Kimberly Kardashian might be one of the most popular celebrities in the media nowadays, especially amongst teenagers. She is a model, socialite and the reality TV star with the highest income in world history. Today Kim celebrates another year on earth. Happy birthday Kim! Read More >>
Beatles receive a gold record for ‘Yesterday’
‘Yesterday’ is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney and first released on the ‘album Help!, august 1965. Only two months later the band receives a gold record, meaning it was sold over a million times. It was a very different song for the band, because only Paul McCartney’s vocal and guitar appeared on it, together with a string quartet. Read More >>
Black Monday; stock markets crash around the world
October 19, 1987 is referred to as Black Monday because financial stock markets severely crashed, all around the world. It already started the week before, when stock markets in Asia dropped. It spread to European stock markets and eventually infected the United States. On Monday The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 500 points. World’s most influential stock market lost more than a quarter of its value. Read More >>
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1931: Al Capone finally convicted
1923: Hello Mickey!
1987: The Great Storm hits France and England
1940: Happy birthday Sir Cliff!
2010: Mining accident Chile comes to an end
1935: And stars were shimmering. Today was Pavarotti’s birthday.
1986: Why the Reykjavik Summit was a success after all
1963: Life in rosy hues. Today the sparrow died
1940: Tell me it’s not true!
1896: Giant surviving depressions, two World wars and Black Monday: Dow Jones
1919: KLM. The oldest airline in the world
2002: From outcast to popular prince
1962: 007’s first movie mission
2006: WikiLeaks launched by Julian Assange
1985: Space Shuttle Atlantis makes her maiden flight
1951: Every little thing he sings is magic. Happy birthday Sting!
1982: Inspirational technology: Epcot opens in Disneyworld Florida
1968: Boeing's 747 is celebrating
1988: The most flamboyant athletic of all time: Flo-Jo
2016: Fighter for peace: Shimon Peres died
1998: A phenomenon is launched: The first of search engine Google
1951: Professor Jongbloed demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
1944: Happy birthday Gordon Gekko!
1952: War between chicken and hamburger
1939: Unconsciously, Freud will always be in our minds
1964: Congratulations Fiddler on the Roof!
1958: The man who saved millions of lives
1934: Buon compleanno Sophia Loren!
1857: Scrunching or folding?
1977: First picture of moon and earth
1787: We the people ...
2008: Once upon a time ... Lehman Brothers
1978: Outside the box
1955: Tutti Frutti, aw Rooty!
2004: And you get a car! And you get a car! And you ...
1953: Jacqueline Bouvier becomes Jackie Kennedy
2001: Where were you?
1981: A masterpiece coming home
1960: A romcom legend was born
1664: The city that never sleeps wakes up
1923: The international force of justice
1997: Goodbye England's rose
1980: The Gotthard tunnel opens
1882: Thomas Edison: parasite of technology
1965: The man with tiger blood
1952: Left-handed legend
1934: MGM's first animated cartoon
1997: Death of a princess
1930: Getting rich by reading a lot
1932: Beloved Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman was born on this day
1837: The famous fermented Worcestershire Sauce
1955: You might have never heard of these crazy world records
1916: Remembering Mother Teresa
1930: Happy birthday Scottish Knight Sean Connery
1954: The end of his presidency was the end of his life
1927: World’s most famous rabbit
1978: The burning spear of Kenya
1859: Great timing
1988: The great firestorm of Yellowstone
1883: Most influential woman; Coco Chanel
1940: Walter Chrysler the car doctor
1786: Davy Crockett, the true pioneer
1977: Elvis has left the building
1057: Was Macbeth really such a bad guy?
1951: Hearst Castle, a grown up’s Disney land
1926: Fidel Castro, liberator of Cuba
-30: Cleopatra, was she really who we think she was?
1858: Without this man we might all be dead
1787: Mozart’s obsession with poop
1963: Happy birthday Whitney Houston!
1974: The White House Watergate Scandal
1876: Mata Hari, the exotic woman spy
1890: The first man killed by an electric chair
910: Vikings; peaceful farmers or cruel conquerors?
1875: Once upon a time there was a man called Hans Christian Andersen
1811: Don’t be afraid of riding an elevator
1922: Does this name ring a bell?
1981: I want my MTV
1965: We celebrate the birthday of Harry Potter and his creator
1947: Happy birthday Herr Schwarzenegger
1958: NASA, exploring space
1741: Antonio Vivaldi, one last bow
1980: The last Shah
1943: Congratulations to sir Michael Philip Jagger
1999: The most infamous rider: Lance Armstrong
1911: Finding the ‘Sacred City’ Machu Picchu
2011: Rest in peace, Amy Winehouse
2011: Norway’s darkest hour
1969: Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon
1976: Life on Mars, Viking 1
1814: Colt’s Revolver, the great equalizer?
1950: Happy birthday Richard Branson
1954: Congratulations to Angela Merkel
1661: At all costs, Europe’s first banknotes
1997: Gianni Versace, dressed to kill
1881: ($5,000.00) Billy the Kid, dead or alive
1942: Han Solo to Indiana Jones, congratulations Mr. Harrison Ford
1536: Erasmus, the one and only
1934: Happy birthday to Giorgio Armani
1830: Remembering French art master Camille Pissarro
1947: O.J. Simpson celebrates his birthday today
1997: 3 million men and women protect the world
1947: Did UFO’s crash near Roswell?
1971: Louis Armstrong painted a wonderful world
1996: Dolly’s special 'birthday'
1930: 'The Boss' of the world-famous Yankees
1863: The battle that made America what it is today
1566: The famous France physician Nostradamus died on this day
1997: United Kingdom gave Hong Kong back to China
1894: The opening of the London Tower Bridge
1976: The Seychelles became independent on this day
1971: We wish Elon Musk a happy birthday
1954: World’s first nuclear power station opened on this day
1909: The wonder of V&A
1950: Will Korea ever be one again?
1987: Happy birthday Lionel Messi!
1995: Jonas Salk and the amazing vaccine
1987: Footloose Fred Astaire
1982: William Arthur Philip Louis
2005: Microchips are taking over the world
1953: Looking back at the first Soviet spies
1928: Who was Roald Amundsen?
1882: Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was born on this day
1829: Apache leader Geronimo was born on this day
1991: How a volcanic eruption changed the global temperature
1968: The classical fire of Salvatore Quasimodo
1944: All Nations; unite!
1903: Niagara Falls, a drop of water
1910: The Undersea Adventures of Jacques Cousteau
2004: Hit the road Ray
1870: How Charles Dickens cured insomnia
1921: The second President of Indonesia was born on this day
1929: Vatican City officially became independent on this day
1523: How King Gustav ended the Kalmar Union
1947: How the Marshall plan started the cold war
1798: Who was Casanova?
1865: UK's big Five; George V
1989: Robin Williams, an amusing spark of madness
1980: The beginning of CNN
1930: Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood
1431: The national heroine of France was murdered on this day
1954: The first Bilderberg Conference was held on this day
1961: Amnesty International was founded on this day
1923: 'Power is the great aphrodisiac'
1907: Wild West Wayne
1939: Happy Birthday to Sir Ian McKellen
1941: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
1937: Businessman John D. Rockefeller died on this day
1977: The Orient Express made its last voyage on this day
1527: On this day Spanish King Philip II was born
1506: Why Christopher Columbus wasn’t who you think he was
1881: Remembering Atatürk
1927: Ritz, guest at a palace
1886: John Deere and what he held most dear
1905: Congrats Henry Fonda!
1955: Cosmodrome, a glance under the dome
1984: Hooray for the man who changed our social lives
1950: Grand Prix, enter the circuit
1820: The bright Florence Nightingale
1981: Let’s get together and remember Bob Marley
1960: Happy birthday to Bono from U2
1967: The creation of a Fokker
1903: Paul Gauguin, who was he really?
1919: Eva Duarte aka Evita was born on this day
1961: George Clooney; an actor against all odds
1945: Let’s celebrate freedom!
1959: The first Grammy Awards were handed on this day
1933: The Godfather of Soul was born on this day
1519: Leonardo da Vinci died today
1994: Today we commemorate racing legend Ayrton Senna
1777: Gauss, the foremost of mathematicians
1980: Rest in Peace Alfred Hitchcock
1974: Penélope Cruz; cruising the world
1791: ?? ??? ·?· ··· ·, AKA Morse
1986: Chernobyl. A safety test turning into a disaster
1719: Crusoe's crusade
1942: Today we sing happy birthday to Barbra Streisand
1928: Today the famous actress Shirley Temple was born
1993: Civil rights activist Cesar Chavez died on this day
2016: Rest In Peace Prince
1912: The author of the famous horror novel Dracula died today
2005: On this day Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI
1955: Today we remember Albert Einstein
1790: A day to remember founding father Benjamin Franklin
1942: Today, 76 years ago, Frank Williams was born
1912: Today, 107 years ago, Titanic sank
1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot on this day
1860: 'You've got mail, partner'
1947: Happy birthday, talk show legend David Letterman
1960: We wish Jeremy Clarkson a Happy Birthday
1986: This is why everyone pointlessly looked up in 1986
2005: Is Prince Charles Prince Charming?
2013: The Iron Lady, in her prime
1947: Rest in peace, Henry Ford
1896: The Olympic flame that travelled to space
1950: One of the A’s of Abba celebrates today
1973: Love and hate for the most famous towers in the world
1924: Brando, sleep with the fishes
1914: 'Use the Force, Alec'
2018: ''You little bastard''
1685: Bach, the composer who went to prison
1945: Happy birthday to Eric Clapton!
1974: Secrets below our feet; the Terracotta Army
1986: The Princess of pop
1845: Mister X-ray
1827: Beethoven, a historic “rap” battle artist
1942: Respect for Aretha Franklin!
1905: Jules Verne, future seeing novelist
2011: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?
1948: Hymns of rock
1617: Pocahontas; uniting new worlds
1602: Harbouring our harbour
1813: Dr Livingstone I presume?
1956: A skiing legend was born today
1919: Do you remember Nat King Cole?
1940: The writer who gave away her Nobel Prize
-44: Julius Caesar, miracle or menace?
1932: The inventor of selfies
1979: The first steps to the Euro
1945: A young girl and her diary
1931: CEO of our knowledge
1988: The Bee Gee brother
1934: Aerospace pioneer
1983: The right dose of DOS
1872: How painting lines can put you on the Nazi blacklist
1899: Don’t do drugs, but this one is quite okay
1827: You use them everyday without thinking about it
1936: The first air ship travels the skies
1983: The Adventures of Tintin
1977: Viva la Vida
1810: ''Music has no fatherland''
1940: A racing legend raised in a refugee camp
1892: The designer of the Louis Vuitton bags died on this day
1932: Today we commemorate Johnny Cash
1841: Pierre Renoir, a struggling artist who found his place
1990: The Secret Gay Life of Malcolm Forbes
1965: Do you remember Stan Laurel?
1987: Who was Andy Warhol?
1965: Malcolm X’s life in a nutshell
1967: Kurt Cobain’s birthday
1473: Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this day
1954: Let’s boogie on the birthday of John Travolta
1963: Happy birthday Michael Jordan!
1923: Archaeologist Howard Carter opens the tomb of King Tutankhamen
1564: Famous astronomer and scientist Galilei Galilei was born on this day
1962: A tour through the White House for everybody in the world
1920: Today we can celebrate the neutrality of Switzerland
1809: The inventor of the theory of evolution was born on this day
1929: How the Vatican City became the smallest country in the world
1996: World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses game to computer
2002: The sad story of Princess Margaret
1969: A large ball of fire hits Chihuahua
1940: The day Pinocchio came to life
1935: The day buying streets and houses became a game
2019: The whole world is fighting cancer
1959: ''The day the music died''
1990: ''The day I ended apartheid''
2003: They reached for the stars
1797: The little mushroom's songs
1972: Sunday Bloody Sunday
1886: Taste the feeling ...
1958: Lego, the tool for your imagination
1973: Vietnam War in a nutshell
1925: “To be an actor you have to be a child.”
1981: Today we sing happy birthday to Alicia Keys
1965: The day Winston Churchill died
1989: Salvador Dali, designer of the Chupa Chups logo
1946: The States' biggest mystery
1924: 'Sometimes – history needs a push'
1993: Audrey's legacy to the world
1736: This man invented the copy machine (and some other interesting stuff)
1955: Today it is Kevin Costner’s birthday!
1773: Captain James Cook: from farmer to legend
1853: Never getting tired of tyres
2001: Wiki, we keep on learning
1957: ''The stuff that dreams are made of''
2000: William Henry Gates III steps down from the most powerful company in the world
2010: A massive earthquake strikes Haiti
1922: The discovery of the life-saving insulin treatment
2016: There’s a music legend waiting in the sky, David Bowie
2007: How Apple changed our phones and our lives
1942: A brief history of Hawking
1999: ‘I did
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1907: Maria Montessori; A role model with perseverance
1933: The start of building the Golden Gate Bridge
1936: The first hit parade was launched in Billboard Magazine
1969: The greatest Formula One driver in the world
1953: An iconic fashion designer died
2018: Happy New Year! And congrats to all South Koreans!
2018: Have yourself a blasting New Year’s Eve
1975: A golf-legend was born today
1800: Goodyear made rubber last
1908: Earthquake kills 80.000 people
1571: Head in the clouds