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A Brief History On February 25, 1836, Sam Colt patented his cap and ball revolver that would give rise to all the modern revolvers that followed.  We previously discussed this important event in firearms evolution in our article “Sam Colt Patents His Revolver” and also listed “10 Best Revolvers of All Time” among our many articles about firearms.  This time we address those revolvers we would like to personally own above all others, if of course money was no object.  While we are firmly in the semi-automatic pistol camp for carrying a military, police, or personal protection handgun, we recognize…

A Brief History On February 24, 2007, Japan launched a spy satellite into orbit, presumably to help keep track of threats to Japan from their neighbors China and North Korea.  Maybe Russia, too.  Since the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in the “Space Race” in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, several other nations have joined the club of nations with the ability to launch rockets into outer space.  Used for weather monitoring, Earth mapping, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), research, communications (radio, telephone, television, digital), exploring other planets and even beyond, and spying on other countries, space programs have…

A Brief History On February 16, 1960, the US Navy submarine, USS Triton SSRN-586, set out on a voyage of circumnavigation of the Earth, the first time anyone had made such a voyage completely underwater!  Called Operation Sandblast, the voyage of the Triton is one of the most famous trips around the Earth that we list today, joining other pioneering events that have gone down in history as famous trips around the globe. Questions for Students (and others): Which trip around the Earth do you think is the most famous?  Which circumnavigation of the globe do you think was the…

A Brief History On October 6, 1994, The Open University of Catalonia headquartered in Barcelona, Spain was established as the first new and fully online university.  Today, continuous learning is no longer a personal whim, but a requirement of time.  Fortunately, you don’t have to go to college to get an online education.  Online courses allow you to continuously receive new knowledge.   The Pro-Papers team will tell you about all the advantages and disadvantages of such an online education. Digging Deeper Today, more and more people are studying online: taking courses, learning new programs, and even changing their profession. Technology is…

A Brief History On February 6, 60 AD, in the Roman city of Pompeii, an unknown graffiti artist noted that the day was “dies Solis” (Sunday), the first known instance of being able to attach a date to a day of the week.  While this bit of graffito is the earliest recorded account of a day and date being matched up, people had been naming days of the week prior to this incident.  The Romans called Sunday “dies Solis” meaning day of the Sun.  Read on for more about what the names of each day of the week mean and…

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