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1908 – The Tunguska event

30 June

The Tunguska event was a large explosion that occurred near the Stony Tunguska River, in Yeniseysk Governorate (now Krasnoyarsk Krai), Russian Empire, on this day in 1908.

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1997 – The Comet Hale–Bopp has its closest approach to Earth

22 March

Comet Hale–Bopp was perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century and one of the brightest seen for many decades. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, twice as long as the previous record holder, the Great Comet of 1811. Continue reading “1997 – The Comet Hale–Bopp has its closest approach to Earth”

2008 – GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed

19 March

GRB 080319B was a gamma-ray burst (GRB) detected by the Swift satellite at 06:12 UTC on this day in 2008. The burst set a new record for the farthest object that was observable with the naked eye: it had a peak visual apparent magnitude of 5.8 and remained visible to human eyes for approximately 30 seconds. The magnitude was brighter than 9.0 for approximately 60 seconds. Continue reading “2008 – GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed”

632 – The Farewell Sermon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad

9 March

The Farewell Sermon (Khuṭbatu l-Wadāʿ), also known as Muhammad’s Final Sermon or The Last Sermon, was delivered by the Islamic prophet, Muhammad on this day in 632 in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, during the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj. Continue reading “632 – The Farewell Sermon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad”

1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time

3 March

Time (styled within the magazine as TIME) is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines. Continue reading “1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time”

497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome

17 December

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the deity Saturn, held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to 23 December. Continue reading “497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome”

1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States

30 November

The Sylacauga meteorite fell on this day in 1954, at 14:46 local time in Oak Grove, Alabama, near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Hodges (1920–1972). Continue reading “1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States”

Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network looking for volunteers

Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) is a community archaeology project Continue reading “Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network looking for volunteers”

School program uses experimental archaeology to learn to live like a Viking

In an innovative new program Seljord folk high school in Telemark Norway gives students the opportunity to learn viking skills and crafts. Continue reading “School program uses experimental archaeology to learn to live like a Viking”

2005 – Hurricane Katrina

29 August – On this day

Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm. Continue reading “2005 – Hurricane Katrina”

Arizona State University to offer a history MOOC with freshman credit

ASU will offer a subject called Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe, and Human Origins starting Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Continue reading “Arizona State University to offer a history MOOC with freshman credit”

1963 – Martin Luther King Jr speaks

28 August – March on Washington

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, King delivered one of his most famous speeches, and the refrain which made the speech one of the best known in US history. Continue reading “1963 – Martin Luther King Jr speaks”

1979 – Lord Mountbatten assassinated by IRA

27 August – On this day

Lord Louis Mountbatten is killed when Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorists detonate a bomb on board his fishing vessel Shadow V while holidaying in Ireland. Continue reading “1979 – Lord Mountbatten assassinated by IRA”

1883 – Krakatoa explodes

26-27 August – Dutch East Indies

Coming to life after 200 years silence, the Krakatoa volcano began regularly venting steam in May 1883, from the northern most of the island’s three cones.  Continue reading “1883 – Krakatoa explodes”

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