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Today In History: April 15 1912

The Titanic sinks On this date, the luxurious ocean liner  Titanic sank just two hours after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. When it had previously left the port of Southampton, England, behind the Titanic had just managed to escape a collision with the moored liners SS City of New York and Oceanic. The ship, carrying 2,200 passengers and crew, was considered the most luxurious and "unsinkable" ship ever built. However, shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg to a 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Barely two hours later, in the early hours of April 15, the ship sank. The ship was not ready for…
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Today In History: April 13 1997

On April 13, 1997 , the American golfer Tiger Woods , 21 , becomes the youngest champion of the prestigious Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia. Woods won his first professional tournament golf in 12 strokes, the largest margin of victory of the twentieth century, and only with respect to the second within 13 strokes of the Old Tom Morris at the British Open in 1862. Their score of 18 under pair broke the record of 270 Masters of 17 under par 271, Jack Nicklaus 32 years. Woods was the youngest man to win the Masters Tournament for two years and…
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Today In History: March 26 1953

Virologist Jonas Salk announces to the public his progress to find a vaccine against polio On March 26, 1953 at 10:45 in the evening on a CBS radio broadcast for the United States, Dr. Jonas Salk talked to a country that listened to him expectantly. In recent weeks the press had picked up optimistic news on the development of his research to develop a polio vaccine. Salk, alarmed at expectations, decided to go to the media directly to clarify the status of his investigations. Although progress had been important and clinical trials were very optimistic there was still no vaccine…
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Today In History: March 25 1957

Signing of the Treaty of Rome The European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC) were constituted by the Treaty of Rome. On this day in 1957 the EEC was formed, based on the current European Union. After a year of negotiations, France, Italy, the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Treaty of Rome. It was a series of agreements that began the construction of a new Europe that through economic integration would be a political union. The treaties established several stages in the process of integration in such a way that the…
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Today In History: March 22 1948

Andrew Loyd Webber is born On this day in 1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber was born, and he would go on to become one of the most prolific and popular composers of his generation. Webber composed the music for the successful musical shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats and the Phantom of the Opera, and in the process made an incredible impact on modern music. He worked in over eighteen shows in his career which won him seven Tony Awards, four Grammies and a Golden Globe and an Oscar. In 1992 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
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Today In History: March 21 1804

Promulgation of the Napoleonic Civil Code It was the cornerstone of the great legislative work of Napoleón Bonaparte and one of his great political successes Since General Bonaparte rose to power in France, with the coup of 18 Brumaire (9 November 1799), one of his goals as leader of the country was to achieve France's stabilization after years of turmoil, and war. One of the aspects in which he focused his energy was the ordination of the French legislation, which after years of constitutional changes and legislative work of the revolutionary assemblies had lost coherence and solidity. The culmination of…
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Culture

Spring Equinox At Chichen Itza

One of the most important Mayan cities of all time and considered a Cultural Heritage: Chichen Itza Responsible for the operation and administration of Chichén Itzá and Dzibilchaltún, it is estimated that March 21 will receive 35 to 40 thousand people who come to witness the phenomena at the time of the spring equinox. The largest concentration site is Chichén Itzá, one of the most important Mayan cities of all time and considered a Cultural Heritage site, where it awaits the arrival of 30 to 35 thousand visitors. In the case of Dzibilchaltún, they expect an influx of three to five thousand people who go very early…
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Today In History: March 20 1727

Death of Isaac Newton His enormous prestige earned him the title of Sir and upon his death receiving State honors. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. On March 20, 1727 died the scientist whose theories marked the path of physics to the relativity of Einstein, Isaac Newton. In 1661 he joined Trinity College, Cambridge, where his main mentor would be the mathematician Isaac Barrow. Encouraged by him and by the ideas of Galileo, Kepler and Descartes Newton was given to the study of mathematics. In 1666 his findings revolutionised the world of science: he invented infinitesimal calculus (whose discovery was disputed with Leibniz),…
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Art & Life

Holi, The Festival Of Colors

Holi, also called the festival of colors, took place this week on March 17, 2014 and is a popular Hindu spring festival. On the first day, the burning of Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, is produced in huge bonfires at night. It is called Kama dahanamen Ahra Pradesh. On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other. The spring, during which time changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. So, throwing colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Vilwamangalam, and other…
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