April 9th, 1860 – The Oldest Voice Recording

The phonautograph is the earliest known device for recording sound. Previously, tracings had been obtained of the sound-producing vibratory motions of tuning forks and other objects by physical contact with them, but not of actual sound waves as they propagated through air or other media. Invented by Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, it was patented […]

April 8th, 1832 – The Black Hawk War

On April 8th, 1832, around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops left St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans in what became known as the Black Hawk War.

April 7th, 1922 – The Teapot Dome Scandal

On April 7th, 1922, as part of the Teapot Dome scandal, the United States Secretary of the Interior leased Teapot Dome petroleum reserves in Wyoming.

April 6th, 1866 – The Grand Army of the Republic

On April 6th, 1866, the Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, was founded. 

April 5th, 1722 – The Discovery of Easter Island

On August 1st 1721, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen left on his expedition, in the service of the Dutch West India Company, to seek Terra Australis. The group consisted of three ships, the Arend, the Thienhoven, and Afrikaansche Galey and had 223 men on crew. After stopping at the Falkland Islands, Chile, and a couple other land stops, the […]

April 4th, 1933 – The Downing of Airship USS Akron

USS Akron (ZRS-4) was a helium-filled rigid airship of the U.S. Navy which operated between September 1931 and April 1933. She was the world’s first purpose-built flying aircraft carrier, carrying F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes which could be launched and recovered while she was in flight. With an overall length of 785 ft (239 m), the Akron and […]

April 3rd, 1888 – Brutal Murder in Whitechapel!

April 3rd, 1888 marked the first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London.

Your Robot Overlords

As development continues in the field of robotics, fascination increases on the subject of artificial intelligence. Every science fiction author has tackled it–every science genius has worried about it. What if we do succeed in creating intelligent life? How long before it outgrows us and then, inevitably, turns on us? Elon Musk is deeply concerned […]

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