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A Brief History On September 30, 1935, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River was dedicated, completing one of America’s greatest engineering and construction feats.  Despite the immense fame of the dam and the thousands of people that visit it each year, there seems to be some misinformation about the great structure.  Here we list 10 Things You Might Not Know About Hoover Dam, no significance to the order of the list. Digging Deeper 10.  Due to anti-terrorism concerns, tours no longer include most of the interior of the structure.  The public is no longer welcome to tour any sensitive…

A Brief History On September 28, 2008, the history of space exploration reached a new milestone when SpaceX, a private company, launched their Falcon 1 unmanned spacecraft, the first private spacecraft launched into orbit. Breaking News: On Saturday, May 30, 2020, SpaceX and NASA made history together when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried 2 American astronauts into space up to the International Space Station in a successful launch and flight, the first manned flight from the United States in a decade.  This is the first time a private company has ever taken NASA astronauts into space.  The crew capsule…

A Brief History On this date, September 28, 48 BC, Pompey the Great was assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.  Although we know of this incident, many open problems concern Ancient Egypt, and some of them may never be solved.  Egyptian archaeology is in a state of constant transition, with much of the terminology and chronology in dispute.  The archaeological record is incomplete, with countless relics and artifacts missing or destroyed.  New archaeological discoveries can call into question previous conclusions about Ancient Egypt.  Furthermore, there are internal problems of overall cohesion of various…

A Brief History On September 4, 1888, George Eastman patented the first camera that used rolls of film and with it, the trade name Kodak.  For the next 100+ years this was the way we took photographs, until digital photography has made film cameras all but obsolete.  Many products that were marvels in their day have become obsolete within a matter of decades, or within 100 years or so.  Here we list 10 triumphs of technology that (relatively) quickly became obsolete. Digging Deeper 10. Roll Film Camera, 1888-1988. When the first successful digital camera was developed by Fuji (the DS-1P,…

A Brief History On September 2, 2013, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge completed a rebuild project that resulted in it becoming the widest bridge in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014. Digging Deeper A $6.5 billion project that was started in 2002, the Eastern half of the bridge was made into 10 lanes side by side instead of the previous double decker arrangement of 5 lanes in each deck.  This made the bridge an incredible 258.33 feet wide, compared to the original 57.5 feet.  Original construction cost only $77 million, but the completion…

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