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Christopher Wren and his Masterpiece – Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Christopher Wren and his Masterpiece – Saint Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1896 On October 20, 1708, the construction of Sir Christopher Wren’s famous Saint Paul’s Cathedral was finished when the final stone was placed on its lantern. The Cathedral is dedicated to Paul the Apostle and depicts the fifth of its kind standing in London since 604 AD. After the destruction of the old Saint Paul’s Cathedral in 1666 during the Great Fire of London, Christopher Wren…
Goethe Got Married

Goethe Got Married

Thumbstone of Christiane von Goethe in Weimar,@ Barnos, CC-by-sa 3.0/de On October 19, 1806, the famous German writer, artist, and politician, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, finally got married with his mistress Christiane Vulpius after having lived together quasi-maritally since 1788, to the scandal of the ladies of Weimar and the vexation of Bettina von Arnim-Brentano. Christiane Vulpius came from a poor family, allthough her father had studied law for a…
Charles Babbage – The Father of the Computer who hated Street Music

Charles Babbage – The Father of the Computer who hated Street Music

Drawing of Charles Babbage‘s famous Difference Engine On October 18, 1871, Charles Babbage, mathematician, inventor and early computer scientist passed away. We think, everybody should know about Charles Babbage and his seminal work on the first mechanical universal computer, the Analytical Engine. Although the Analytical Engine never was build during his lifetime, due to the lack of according fine mechanics in the 19th century, Babbage sketched out everything necessary to…
Much More Powerful Than Expected – Kepler’s Supernova

Much More Powerful Than Expected – Kepler’s Supernova

X-ray, Optical and Infrared Composite of Kepler’s Supernova Remnant On October 17, 1604, the famous German astronomer Johannes Kepler started his observations of the 1604 supernova, named after him as Kepler’s Supernova or Kepler’s Star. Special about this ‘new’ star was it being the very last observed supernova in our own galaxy, the milkyway. The supernova was first observed on October 9, 1604, a few days before Kepler really looked…
Oscar Wilde – One of the Most Iconic Figures of Victorian Society

Oscar Wilde – One of the Most Iconic Figures of Victorian Society

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) On October 16, 1854, the famous Irish poet and writer Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde aka Oscar Wilde was born. He is considered to be one of the most iconic figures from late Victorian society. Enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of society, his wit, humour and intelligence shines through his plays and writings. However, because of his sexual orientation for a long time…
God is Dead – The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

God is Dead – The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) On October 15th, 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche was born. The German philosopher, cultural critic, and classical philologist lived and worked socially isolated for the most time and faced mainly criticism until his mental breakdown in 1889. He is best known for his concept of the ‘Übermensch’ as well as the ‘death of God’ and now counts as one of the most discussed and appreciated philosophers of…
Winnie Pooh – The Cute Bear With Severe Mental Disorders

Winnie Pooh – The Cute Bear With Severe Mental Disorders

Winnie the Pooh© Walt Disney On October 14, 1926, the children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh was first published by the autor A. A. Milne. The book was followed by several stories of the cute yellow bear and his friends and quickly became famous. Disney adopted Winnie Pooh in 1961 and the show is still running on television today, making thousands of children as happy as 86 years ago. The English author A.…
The Knights Templar and their Most Inglorious End

The Knights Templar and their Most Inglorious End

The Execution of Jacques de Molay On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the Knights Templar grandmaster Jacques de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested under the accusation of various heredities. It is said that this very date sometimes spuriously is linked with the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition, because it was the beginning of the end of the…
Dennis Ritchie – Designer of UNIX and C

Dennis Ritchie – Designer of UNIX and C

Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011) CC-BY-2.0 photo by Denise Panyik-Dale On October 12, 2011, computer scientist Dennis Ritchie, who designed the UNIX operating system as well as the C programming language, passed away. Thanks to his contributions, computing made a huge leap forward and enabled real-time processing and multi-threading. Dennis Ritchie was born on September 9, 1941, in Bronxville, New York as son of Alistair E. Ritchie, a longtime Bell Labs scientist working on…
The Leyden Jar and the Age of Electricity

The Leyden Jar and the Age of Electricity

Leyden Jars, Teyler sMuseum, Haarlem, The Netherlands © Ziko van Dijk On October 11, 1745, German cleric Ewald Georg von Kleist and independently of him Dutch scientist Pieter van Musschenbroek from the city of Leiden, Netherlands, invented a predecessor of today’s battery, the Leyden Jar. The jar worked in principle like a capacitor for the storage of electrical energy and was used to conduct many early experiments in electricity. Its…
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