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Sputnik 1 Falls to Earth

Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite to be put into orbit. It was launched by the Soviet Union in October, 1957, and acted as the starting gun for the space race. The Sputnik, Russian for "travel companion," gathered data about the density of the upper layers of the atmosphere and the behavior of radio signals in the ionosphere. Sputnik 2, the second satellite to be put into orbit, was the first to carry a living creature. What kind of animal was on board?

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, which is embedded with more than 2,000 pink stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Each star contains a bronze emblem representing one of five possible categories for which an honoree can receive a star. What actress received the walk's first star, awarded on February 9, 1960?

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Louis Braille

Louis Braille was a young boy when he lost his eyesight to an eye infection. At the age of 12, while attending the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris, he developed a system of raised dots that allowed his classmates to write as well as read. This developed into braille, a writing system for the blind, which Louis Braille later extended to include notations for mathematics and music. Braille's invention was inspired by another writing system designed for what purpose?

Last updated on Thursday, 4th January 2007

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