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Lighthouse Day

On August 7, 1789 the U.S. Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers. The most famous and possibly the first lighthouse was the Lighthouse of Alexandria built on Pharos island in Egypt. It was built in 280 BC and is estimated to be about 120 meters […]

Birthday of the World Wide Web

On August 6, 1991, British computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee created the first website in a novel idea of connecting hypertext to the Internet to create something called the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee, who was a consultant at the European Organization for Nuclear Research at the time, had repeatedly suggested that a marriage between the two […]

Bertha Benz’s Roadtrip

Karl Benz (of Mercedes-Benz) patented the first automobile in January 1886. But he didn’t think it would be a financial success. His wife proved him wrong. On August 5, 1888 Bertha Benz drove one of her husband’s cars from Mannheim to Pforzheim (64 miles.) Although the ostensible purpose of the trip was to visit her […]