Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mozart’s Famous Masonic Opera – The Magic Flute

Mozart’s Famous Masonic Opera – The Magic Flute

The arrival of the Queen of the Night. Stage set by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841) for an 1815 production Opera is not for everybody, but there are iconic pieces that have become a cultural heritage for all mankind and that are well known all over the globe. Thus, everybody knows Mozart, and if you ask people, what piece of Mozart they know best, then most times you will hear the…
SpaceShipOne – the first private Spaceship

SpaceShipOne – the first private Spaceship

Spaceship One and White Knight in flight On September 29, 2004, the Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two required to win the prize. Thus, SpaceShipOne also officially became the very first commercial spaceship, after achieving the very first space testflight already on June 21, 2004. The Ansari X Prize was proposed in 1995 demanding a demonstration of a private vehicle capable…
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Archetype of the Wicked Genius

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Archetype of the Wicked Genius

Judith and Holofernes by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1598) On September 28, 1573, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, genius Italian artist of the Renaissance was born in Milano. He was best known for his realistic paintings with a dramatic appearance of lighting. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio grew up in the little town Caravaggio near Milan and after both of his parents have passed away, he began his apprenticeship at the famous…
“Don’t be evil” – Google celebrates its 14th Birthday

“Don’t be evil” – Google celebrates its 14th Birthday

Google Logo from 1998 On September 27, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google and began their work in the garage of businesswoman Susan Wojcicki. Up to this day, the company has become one of the most powerful in the field of search, cloud computing, productivity software, and advertising, running more than one million servers world wide. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who met at Stanford University began working together…
We Are the Hollow Men – T.S. Eliot

We Are the Hollow Men – T.S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)drawing by Simon Fieldhouse On September 26, 1888, the publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and “arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century”, Thomas Stearns Eliot, aka T. S. Eliot, was born, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Although he was born an American, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a…
Transatlantic Telecommunication Via Voice

Transatlantic Telecommunication Via Voice

World’s first purpose-built Cable Layer Ship Silvertown, 1901 On September 25, 1956 the world’s first submarine transatlantic cable for telephony TAT-1 (Transatlantic No. 1) was inaugurated. It was laid between Gallanach Bay, near Oban, Scotland and Clarenville, Newfoundland between 1955 and 1956 by the cable ship Monarch. You might wonder that is was only possible to route a call between Europe and the United States before the mid 1950s, well…
Black Thursday – The Wall Street Crash of 1929

Black Thursday – The Wall Street Crash of 1929

Street scene on Black Thursday, Oct. 24, 1929, the day the New York stock market crashed  © Bettmann/Corbis The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, began in late October 1929 and was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States. The crash signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all…
In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a Stately Pleasure-Dome Decree

In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a Stately Pleasure-Dome Decree

Kublai Khan (1215-1294) On September 23, 1215 AD Kublai Khan, the second son of Tolui and Sorghaghtani Beki, and a grandson of Genghis Khan, was born. Considering the Mongol Empire at that time as a whole, his realm reached from the Pacific to the Black Sea, from Siberia to modern day Afghanistan – one fifth of the world‘s inhabited land area. When Kublai was in his 30s, his brother, the…
A Life of Discoveries –  the great Michael Faraday

A Life of Discoveries – the great Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867) in his laboratory Painting by Harriet Moore On September 22, 1791, the famous chemist and physicist Michael Faraday was born. He is responsible for the discovery of the electromagnetic induction, the laws of electrolysis and best known for his inventions, which laid the foundations to the electrical industry. But, to understand the person and the scientist Michael Faraday, we have to look a little bit…
What a Brick! – The World’s First Cell Phone

What a Brick! – The World’s First Cell Phone

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000, the worlds first commercially availabvle cell phone in 1983©redrum0486 Mobile phones and smart phones have conquered the world. Billions of them have been sold already and they have changed the world as well as societies. But, do you remember the time, when you had to look for a phone booth to make an urgent call. About three decades ago, times slowly began to change, when on…
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