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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Today in History Site! These are the top ten articles that your Today in History Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Lego Teaches Us to Play Well
Patented on January 28, 1958, the Lego brick lets us use our imagination to build worlds. Did you know it started with a duck? Here’s a partial visual history, with pictures from the Lego website.
2. The Problem with Project Nim
In 1974, a chimp named Nim was taught to use sign language as part of a linguistic study. Nim signed his first word on February 4. But why was the project problematic? What happened to Nim?
3. The Miracle on the Hudson
What could have ended in an air crash on January 15, 2009, became a breathtaking spectacle, thanks to Captain “Sully,” the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 … and the river between New York and New Jersey.
4. 1984 - The Apple Macintosh Ad
Apple’s original Macintosh debuted this week in 1984 – but let’s talk about its ad! Broadcast nationally on January 22, it became a legend in its own right, though not without controversy.
5. Michael Jackson releases Thriller of a video
The music. The moves. The whole blessed album. All are classic. The late King of Pop’s “Thriller” video made its debut on MTV on December 2, 1983. Here’s the fun story behind it.
6. The Christmas Truce of World War I
On Christmas Eve in 1914, Europe was at war, and yet a number of soldiers laid down their weapons and celebrated Christmas with the enemy. Here’s what happened.
7. Agatha Christie - Most Successful Novelist Ever
September 15, 1890: Agatha Christie is born. Her mystery novels are said to be outsold only by the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. In 2015, fans around the world are celebrating her 125th birthday anniversary.
8. Tunisian Man Becomes a Symbol of Revolution
Mohamed Bouazizi was a street vendor in Sidi Bouzid, a city in central Tunisia. On December 17, 2010, standing in front of the offices of the local government, he drenched himself in fuel and set himself on fire. He was 26.
9. Gunman Kills John Lennon
Arriving home one night from a session at a recording studio, John Lennon was gunned down in cold blood. The world has been mourning his death since December 8, 1980. Here’s what happened.
10. A Tolkien Book and a Birthday Coincidence
The final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in history. But there’s more: an actor from the film versions also celebrates his birthday on October 20.
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