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British Broadcasting Company Makes Its First Radio Broadcast

The original BBC—the British Broadcasting Company—was founded by radio manufacturers eager to provide programs for the radios they were selling. Just two weeks after listeners began purchasing receiving licenses, Arthur Burrows read the first newscast from Marconi House in London. Two more stations—Birmingham and Manchester—went on the air the next day. Within five years, the company was transformed into the British Broadcasting Corporation. What was reported on the second day of broadcasting?

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Demoparties

The demoscene is an international subculture of computer programmers who create non-interactive, real-time audio-visual computer presentations, or "demos," for fun. The scene formed in the 1980s, and today, people from the demoscene gather at demoparties. Such events can last days, allowing time for competitions and demo-making as well as social interaction. Some large, well-known demoparties take place annually and can attract thousands of people from around the world. Where do attendees sleep?

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Robert Fulton

A man remarkable for his many talents and inventions, Fulton is popularly considered the inventor of the steamboat. Originally a gunsmith and portraitist, he became fascinated by canal engineering while living in Europe. After sinking one prototype steamboat in the Seine River and failing to secure European support, he returned to his native US. There, he launched the first commercially viable steamboat in the Hudson River in 1807. What invention did Napoleon commission from Fulton?

Last updated on Thursday, 15th November 2012

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