Fireworks, which are generally believed to have been invented by the Chinese, have been used throughout history to celebrate happy occasions. In 1789, George Washington's inauguration was accompanied by a display, and today, fireworks help mark Independence Day in the US, Diwali in India, and New Year's Eve around the world. In 2004, Disneyland began launching fireworks with compressed air rather than black powder. What are the advantages of this type of launch?
Back in the day
Under the leadership of Leif Ericson, the Norsemen reached the zenith of their westward expansion, becoming the first Europeans to set foot in North America. Their arrival came after landings in the British Isles, Iceland, and Greenland. Historians disagree over the exact location of Vinland, the name the Norse gave to the region where they landed, but Helge Ingstad, interpreting Vinland as "grass land" rather than "wine land," discovered the remains of a 1000 ACE Norse settlement where?
Born on a day like today
"Sister Aimee" was an evangelist and the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Noted for her extravagant and unconventional religious services, she would invariably appear before parishioners dressed in a white gown and carrying a bouquet of flowers; on one occasion, she rode a motorcycle into a church meeting. On May 18, 1926, she disappeared after heading to Venice Beach for a swim. When she reappeared about a month later, what did she claim had happened to her?