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Luigi Pirandello once wrote: The history of mankind is the history of ideas. And we at love to look back at the past, to learn and find out what was and what might come?

Let us begin:

1827 The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA.

1829 William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.

1904 The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO.

1914 Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War I.

1952 A military coup d’etat in Egypt headed by Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser’s Society of Free Officers seizes control of the government. Following the revolution King Farouk I of Egypt abdicates. The revolutionaries redistributed land, tried politicians for corruption, and in 1953 abolished the monarchy.  I.

1972 Eddie Merckx of Belgium won his fourth consecutive Tour de France bicycling competition.

1984 Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She was the first to resign the title.

2000 Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France.

2000 Tiger Woods today became the youngest player to win a career Grand Slam after winning the British Open at St. Andrews.

2011 Eclectic singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment. The cause of death was unknown but Winehouse had suffered from alcohol and drug addiction for years prior to her death.

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