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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. Michael Jackson releases Thriller of a video
The music. The moves. The whole blessed album. All are classic. The late King of Popís ďThrillerĒ video made its debut on MTV on December 2, 1983. Hereís the fun story behind it.
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. 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?
4. The Story of the Peace Symbol
On February 21, 1958, Gerald Holtom drew a circle and three lines. How did such an abstract symbol come to represent peace? Why did Holtom regret his design years later?
5. The Miracle on the Hudson
What could have ended in an air crash on January 15, 2009, became a breathtaking spectacle, thanks to Captain ďSully,Ē the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 Ö and the river between New York and New Jersey.
6. Alexander Graham Bell - Grandfather of the iPhone
On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell said to his assistant: ďMr. Watson Ė Come here Ė I want to see you.Ē These were the first words ever spoken into a telephone, and Watson heard him, clear as a ... well, bell.
7. Gershwin Debuts Rhapsody in Blue
The Jazz Age had begun, but in 1924 the music was not considered a serious art form. Then, on February 12, an octave-surfing clarinet glided into Rhapsody in Blue, and it made musical history. And to think Gershwin almost didnĀít write it Ö
8. The Discovery of Dord
ďDordĒ was discovered by a lexicographer on February 28, 1939. This was back when a dictionary was a 3,000-page tome, not a search engine with a hidden word list. Youíve never heard of ďdordĒ? Donít worry Ė there is a valid reason.
9. 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. Hereís what happened.
10. 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. Hereís what happened.
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