History, the discipline that studies the chronological record of events based on a period, region, or any specific domain. Let us rewind the cassette of this date to check out the milestones achieved on February 23 over these years.
1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints Bible
Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenbergwas was a German inventor, printer, and publisher. He introduced printing to Europe with a mechanical moving printing press. His works proved to be the ignition to the Printing revolution of human history. On February 23, 1455, Gutenberg completed copies of the first printed Bible also known as Biblia Sacra, with 42 lines on each page printed back and forth. Copies had a market price of 30 florins each, roughly estimated as three years’ wages for an ordinary auditor. Nevertheless, it was significantly more economical than a handwritten Bible that could take a single copyist over a year to complete.
1782 – Patent for a rotary motion for the steam engine.
James Watt is also acknowledged as the Father of the modern steam engine. As a matter of fact, James Watt was a Scottish inventor and a mechanical engineer. James’s work upon the steam engine proved to be a real aiding to the Industrial Revolution. On February 23, 1782, Watt invented and patented the double-acting engine. Also referred to as a rotary motion for the steam engine, this invention was a page-turner to the industrial world as we know it today.
1813 – 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Massachusetts
In 1813, the first American power-loom came into existence. Cotton-to-cloth machine weaves thread/yarn into sheets of fabric. Local farmers often did the spinning and weaving in the manufactories. In following years, immigrants became mill “hands.” On February 23, 1813, the very first integrated spinning and weaving factory in the world was established.
1886 World’s first classified ad featured
Advertisements in a newspaper are charged based on the count of lines or words. Hence, most newspaper advertisements are short. However, Classified advertisements are much affordable in comparison to large display advertisements used by businesses. Although display advertising is more widespread in comparison to classified ads. “The Times” of London publishes World’s 1st classified ad on February 23, 1886.
1941 Production and Isolation of Plutonium
On the night of February 23rd, 1941, Glenn Seaborg and his team found that when neptunium underwent a type of radioactive decay, It produced a new element. Plutonium is a radioactive chemical element. It has a symbol Pu with an atomic number 94. Specifically, Plutonium has a greyish-silver appearance that tarnishes when exposed to air. Also, it forms a dull coating when oxidized.
1999 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album ‘The Slim Shady LP’
Eminem released his first major-label as “The Slim Shady LP”. Released on February 23, 1999, this album has been a feather on the cap for the American hip-hop recording artist. This album is known for showcasing the alter-ego of a rapper, and heavy usage of abusive language and violence. It achieved both commercial and critical market gain. The Slim Shady LP won the best rap at Grammy awards 2000.
2014 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his 2nd Great American Race
Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American racing driver. He has a lineage of ancestors who belonged to the NASCAR hall of fame. Earnhardt Jr. is a two-time gold winner at Daytona 500. On February 23, 2014, Dale Jr. broke the 57- race winless streak to win the Daytona 500 again. The final laps were particularly tense on his fans. However, the timing for Earnhardt’s finishing was flawless.
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