“A people without the knowledge of their history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey
History imbibes values in us. It perforates the power of knowledge through generations of human beings. Also, we live and grow by the strength our past holds. History is about the making of iconic events. Moreover, the self-discovery of the magic that man holds in his hands. Today, On January 7 we peek into five such human-led events that took the world by surprise. These include the revelation of the moons of Jupiter. Furthermore, Amazon took over Microsoft.
1610: Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter.
Io, Europa, and Ganymede are three moons of Jupiter. On January 7th, 1610 Galileo Galilei discovered these moons and changed the complete trajectory of planetary study. This was one of the earliest discoveries. Also, the uncovering of the moons was the result of the high-resolution telescope, that Galileo used. He mentioned the names of the moons in a letter. Although, he primarily believed that these were stars. He continued to study these alleged stars and took humanity on a never-ending saga of the beautiful moons that surround Jupiter.
1785: Jean Pierre and Dr. John Jeffries cross the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
Jean Pierre and Dr. John Jeffries were exceptional men. They did something unimaginable. They crossed a span of 560 kilometers in a hydrogen balloon. This was the first time a human being and crossed the channel through the air. In addition to that, they had taken every precaution possible. Furthermore, they used propellers, silk-wrapped oars, and anchors. Historians believe that these props helped them sail through the air. Only more than a year earlier, another man had tried to fly over Paris in a hot air balloon.
1944: The U.S Air force announces the production of the first jet fighter.
On January 7, 1944, the U.S Air force announced the production of Bell P- 59 Airacomet. This was the first jet fighter of the country. This fighter plane included only one seat. Moreover, it also had twin engines for functioning. The fighter jet was heavily tested. Also, it was built to majorly fight World War II. Britishers also donated engines for the making of this airplane. Although this jet fighter was not used in any combat, it was a pathway for the creation of the future of the USA’s jet fighters.
1955: Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
On January 7, 1955, Marian Anderson created history. Also, she was the first African American woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House. Anderson from the beginning came from tough backgrounds. She fought against all odds and decided to make everyone proud. When Marian sang at the Opera House for the first time, she was in her prime time. But she also faced immense criticism. Although racism and backlash did not pull her down. Rather, she went on to create history.
2019: Amazon becomes the world’s most valuable listed company.
In today’s day and age, Amazon is ruling the world. Only two years back, it Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable listed company. Moreover, it is worth $797 billion dollars. This was a huge bounce and took the world by surprise. Jeff Bezos, the founder of this company also became the wealthiest man across the globe. This was a big achievement for the company considering Bezos started this venture with a very humble background.
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