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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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Wordsworth Writes a Sonnet - September 3
It’s in the title - September 3, commemorated forever in William Wordsworth’s Romantic poem. Did you know it was written on the roof of a carriage? Discover the surprising story behind the poem.
4. Für Elise - A Classical Music Mystery
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven on April 27, 1810, “Für Elise” is one of the world’s most recognizable pieces of classical music. The question is, who is Elise?
5. Scientists Trap Antimatter for the First Time
On November 17, 2010, for a few nanoseconds, scientists at CERN controlled antimatter. Why does this matter? Prepare for a quantum of physics.
6. The Berlin Wall is Opened after 28 Years
Thanks to a mistake, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Not literally, but the gates between east and west were thrown open after almost three decades. Read about this historic day.
7. Laika - The First Dog in Space
On November 3, 1957, Sputnik 2 was launched into orbit around the Earth. It was the second artificial satellite ever to be sent up into space. On board was a dog named Laika. Do you know her story?
8. 11 Events that Happened on November 11
It’s such an interesting date: 11/11. It works no matter which way you write it, month first or day first! So, to commemorate it, here are 11 events from history that happened on this date.
9. The Day We Lost 11 Days
Imagine you are somewhere in the American colonies in September 1752. You go to bed on Wednesday the 2nd, and when you wake up, it’s Thursday the 14th. What happened??
10. Vandals Rip Up NY Giants Field
On September 29, 1957, seventy-five seasons after they started playing ball, the New York Giants played their final game. Then they flew west to San Francisco. How did their fans react? With mixed emotions, apparently.
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