" O!, many a shaft at random sent
Finds mark the archer little meant!
And many a word at random spoken
May soothe, or wound, a heart that's broken!
Sir Walter Scott

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Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio

The transistor radio remains the single most popular communications device in the world. There are approximately 7 billion compact, portable transistor radios worldwide. The battery-operated devices, which are especially handy during electrical outages, became popular in the 1960s, when prices of some models fell below $10 as markets became flooded with radios from Hong Kong. What modern music player has led to the transistor's recent decline in popularity?



Persian Miniature

Persian miniatures are small paintings with themes that often depict concepts from Persian mythology and poetry. The best-known form of Persian painting in the West, miniature painting became a significant Persian art form in the 13th century, peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries. Likely influenced by the Western and Byzantine traditions of manuscript illumination, Persian miniature is characterized by the use of geometry and a vivid palette. What other culture heavily influenced the art form?

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Chuck Berry

Berry was one of the most innovative musicians of the 1950s, and his distinctive blues-derived guitar style and witty lyrics helped define the rock music genre. His signature crouching and gliding "duck walk" has been imitated by several rock guitarists, including Angus Young of AC/DC. One of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after it was founded in the 1980s, Berry also received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000. What are some of his most famous songs?

Last updated on Saturday, 18th October 2008

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