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The Flaked Cereal turns 128 – thanks to John H. Kellogg

The Flaked Cereal turns 128 – thanks to John H. Kellogg

John Harvey Kellogg1852 – 1943 On May 31, 1884, the health-food fanatic John Harvey Kellogg patented his ‘flaked cereal’ during his time as the superintendent of the ‘Battle Creek Sanitarium‘ in Michigan. During all his lifetime, the medical doctor John Harvey Kellogg focused on nutrition and used to be a strict vegetarian himself. Through his work at the sanitarium, he offered classes on healthy food preparation and was an advocate…
The Mechanical Telegraph – a French Invention

The Mechanical Telegraph – a French Invention

Claude Chappe’s Optical Telegraph(Museée des Arts et Metiers) On May 23, 1813, the first (modern) optical telegraph line following the mechanical telegraphy system of the French inventor Claude Chappe between Metz and Mainz was established. No, this wasn’t the first of its kind, but it was the first to connect the former already in France established telegraphy system with a (now) German city. Long before the days of Morse Code…
Dit dit dit da dit – The first Morse Telegram

Dit dit dit da dit – The first Morse Telegram

The first public telegram sent in America by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1844 On May 24th 1844 the very first Morse telegram went over the line. Samuel Morse and his colleague Alfred Vail knew that the very first phrase to be sent with the new telecommunication medium was to be remembered. So what should they transmit? Morse came up with a quote from the bible, certainly well chosen for an…
Pompeii – Conquered, Buried, Rediscovered

Pompeii – Conquered, Buried, Rediscovered

Pompeii was founded by the Oscans in the 7th century BC and was conquered in the 5th century BC by the Samnites. Besieged by Sulla in 89 BC Pompeii was forced to surrender and became a Roman colony named ‘Colonia Veneria Cornelia Pompeianorum’. Because of its location, the town gained an important role in Roman trade relations, developed a modern infrastructure as well as many cultural institutions. Pompeii suffered its…
The Illuminati – about Conspiracies and Bestsellers

The Illuminati – about Conspiracies and Bestsellers

On May 1st, 1776 Adam Weishaupt, the first lay professor of canon law, founded the secret order of Illuminati at the University of Ingolstadt.  It was made up of freethinkers as an offshoot of the Enlightenment and seems to have been modeled on the Freemasons. The Illuminati’s members took a vow of secrecy and pledged obedience to their superiors. Members were divided into three main classes, each with several degrees, and…

Amazing lecture about Computer History

Check out our new amazing lecture ‘Computer History’ by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. For one thing the series covers stories from the pre-World War II electronic computing program hosted by Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell. It provides information about the first computer machines like the Atanasoff-Berry Computer and proceeds with the flash memory technology of the late 1980’s. Next to technological backgrounds, the impact of the WWW…
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