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Alois Senefelder revolutionized Printing Technology

Alois Senefelder revolutionized Printing Technology

Alois Senefelder (1771-1834), Lithographic Portrait, 1818 On November 6, 1771, Alois Senefelder, actor, playwright, and inventor of the lithographic printing technology was born. His father, Johann Peter Senefelder, an actor at the Royal Theatre of Munich, was playing at Prague, then Imperial city (Reichsstadt) of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, at the time of the birth of his son. The young Senefelder studied at Munich and received a…
Remember, remember, the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes Gun Powder Plot

Remember, remember, the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes Gun Powder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605 On November 5, 1605, the famous Gunpowder Plot planning the assassination of King James I of England was uncovered and Guy Fawkes as one of its leaders was arrested, convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Remember, remember,The Fifth of November,Gunpowder treason and plot;For I see no reasonWhy Gunpowder TreasonShould ever be forgot.  (Nursery Rhyme) The plan of the conspirators was to blow…
Felix Mendelssohn – Child Prodigy of the Romantic Era

Felix Mendelssohn – Child Prodigy of the Romantic Era

Felix Mendelssohn 1809 – 1847 On November 4, 1847, the German composer, pianist, and organist of the Romantic era Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy passed away. Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809 to a family of intellectuals, who tried to give their children as much educational support as possible. Even though his parents first hesitated to letting their son begin a musical career, they noticed his huge talent. Due to his parent’s…
Karl Baedeker, the Father of Modern Tourism

Karl Baedeker, the Father of Modern Tourism

Karl Baedeker 1801 – 1859 On November 3, 1801, German publisher Karl Baedecker was born, whose guidebooks set the authoritative standard for any tourist. Baedeker was familiar with letterpress printing from his early days, since his ancestors held this profession for many generations in the family. He studied humanities in Heidelberg, Germany and opened his first publishing company and bookshop in 1827. The early 19th century was an era of…
The first Worm hit the Internet 24 Years ago

The first Worm hit the Internet 24 Years ago

The Original Source Disk of the Morris Internet Worm, @Go Card USA On November 2, 1988, Cornell student Robert T. Morris launched the very first computer worm on the internet – and subsequently becoming the first person convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Today he is a tenured professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “There may be a…
The Arecibo Radio Telescope – Looking for Extraterrestrial Signals

The Arecibo Radio Telescope – Looking for Extraterrestrial Signals

The Arecibo radio telescope is the largest single-dish telescope in the world. On November 1, 1963, the Arecibo radio telescope, by that time the earth’s largest radio telescope, has been inaugurated in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It is operated by the company SRI International under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation and is also called the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, although “NAIC” refers to both the observatory and the…
Johannes Vermeer – Master of Perspective and Lighting

Johannes Vermeer – Master of Perspective and Lighting

The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer, 1660 On October 31, 1632, Dutch genre painter Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft. Vermeer always worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work. Born as the only son to Reijnier Janszoon, Johannes Vermeer learned much about…
Orson Welles  and the 1938 Radio Show Panic

Orson Welles and the 1938 Radio Show Panic

Headline of the New York Times from Oct, 31, 1938 about Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ On October 30, 1938, a Saturday night at 8 pm, H.G. Wells‘ ‘The War of the Worlds‘ was broadcasted at CBS radio in an adaption presented and narrated by future famous film director and actor Orson Welles.The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, which…
Germany’s First Radio Program Goes Public

Germany’s First Radio Program Goes Public

Distribution of the Radio to the German Public during World War II © Deutsches Bundesarchiv On October 29, 1923 the very first radio program in Germany was broadcasted from the Vox-Haus in Berlin, Tiergarten. The history of the radio is long and for many years it was not clear, who the official inventor of the radio really was. To mention is of course Thomas Edison in the first place, who…
Bill Gates – From Entrepreneur to Philantrop

Bill Gates – From Entrepreneur to Philantrop

Bill Gates © World Economic Forum On October 28, 1955 entrepreneur William Henry “Bill” Gates III, or simply Bill Gates, was born in Seattle, Washington. You might think of him whatever you like, but he has left his footstep in history with creating the incredibly successful operating system MS Windows or his office application programs MS Word, MS Powerpoint, or MS Excell. Bill Gates grew up in an upper middle-class…
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