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date: 08 Oct
Robert Stephenson’s Locomotive, The Rocket, wins the Rainhill Trials     -  8th October 1829  -     The Stephenson family will be forever remembered as one of the key railway families in our Island’s history. George Stephenson is even known as the father of the railways and built the first intercity train line between Liverpool and Manchester. He...
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  • 19th Century
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date: 10 Aug
The foundations of Flamsteed House, The Royal Observatory, were laid     -  August 10th 1675  -     In the Seventeenth Century countries and their navies were increasingly sailing the seas in search of new lands, trade, exploration and mapping.  No country wanted to be left behind.  The problem lay in the safety of the sailors and ships as...
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  • 17th Century
  • Explorers
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date: 15 May 2017
The Antikythera Mechanism revealed as a computer   - 17th May 1902 -    A definition of a computer is often held to be a machine that is capable of performing a set of operations automatically to produce a result in the form of information. Charles Babbage is considered the father of the computer when he invented the first mechanical computer in...
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  • 20th Century
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date: 25 Jan
First Transcontinental Telephone Call - January 25th 1915 -   Alexander Graham Bell in New York and Thomas Watson in San Francisco make a record telephone transmission. The New York Times said the following:   “On October 9th 1876 Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by telephone to each other over a two-mile wire stretched between...
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  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • Biography
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date: 14 May
Edward Jenner conducts his first inoculation against smallpox  -     On May 14th 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner administered the first inoculation against the deadly disease, smallpox.   Smallpox was the greatest killer of Jenner's time and feared by the population but actually it was a very ancient disease. When the mummified body of the Pharaoh Ramases...
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  • 18th Century
  • Biography
  • Scientists
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