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World's First ATM Installed in Enfield, London

An ATM, or automated teller machine, is a device used by bank customers to process account transactions, such as dispensing cash, accepting deposits, transferring funds, and providing information on account balances. The world's first ATM, invented by John Shepherd-Barron, was installed by Barclay's Bank in North London on June 27, 1967; however, a mechanical cash dispenser, arguably an ATM, was installed in New York how many years before that?



Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva was a noblewoman and a benefactor of several monasteries. According to legend, her husband agreed to remit the heavy taxation on the people of Coventry if she would ride naked through the town on a white horse. Lady Godiva took him at his word and, after issuing a proclamation that all the townspeople go indoors and shut their windows, she rode through, clothed only in her long hair. According to the legend, all but one of the townspeople obeyed her ordinance; who disobeyed?

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Helen Keller

Blind and deaf from the age of 2, Helen Keller was put under the care of Anne Sullivan, who became her teacher and companion for 49 years. As a pupil, Keller made rapid progress and graduated from Radcliffe College with honors. The famous play The Miracle Worker is about how she learned to communicate. Keller traveled extensively, raising funds for the training of the blind and promoting other social causes. What was Alexander Graham Bell's role in her life?

Last updated on Wednesday, 27th June 2007

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