Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Origins of the Mathematical Convention of Using "X" as the Unknown

Linda P. asks: Why do we always use “x” for everything in math? For hundreds of years, x has been the go-to symbol for the unknown quantity in mathematical…
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Germans conquer Crete

Germans conquer Crete » 1941 WW2

Battle of Jutland

Battle of Jutland » 1916 WW1

Communist soldiers escape South Vietnamese forces

Communist soldiers escape South Vietnamese forces » 1970

Operation Rolling Thunder continues

Operation Rolling Thunder continues » 1965 Vietnam War

Ila Borders pitches in minor league game

Ila Borders pitches in minor league game » 1997

Three U.S. presidents close chapters on the Cold War

Three U.S. presidents close chapters on the Cold War » 1988

George Goodfellow investigates earthquake

George Goodfellow investigates earthquake » 1887



who developed a reputation as the United States' foremost expert in treating bullet wounds. As a physician in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, he treated many
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The BBC bans the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen"

The BBC bans the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" » 1977

Walt Whitman is born

Walt Whitman is born » 1819



, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of
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Clint Eastwood born

Clint Eastwood born » 1930

Netanyahu elected prime minister of Israel

Netanyahu elected prime minister of Israel » 1996

Architect of the Holocaust hanged in Israel

Architect of the Holocaust hanged in Israel » 1962



Otto Adolf Eichmann (pronounced [ˈɔto ˈaːdɔlf ˈaɪ̯çman]; 19 March 1906 – 1 June 1962) was a German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) and one of the major organisers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was tasked by SS-Obergruppenführer (general/lieutenant general) Reinhard Heydrich with facili...
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The Boer War ends

The Boer War ends » 1902


Military casualties: 6,189 dead [d] 24,000 Boer prisoners sent overseas;[4] 21,256 bitter-enders surrendered at the end of the war;[5]
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The Johnstown Flood

The Johnstown Flood » 1889



The Johnstown Flood (locally, the Great Flood of 1889) occurred on May 31, 1889, after the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles (23 km) upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The dam broke after several days of extremely heavy rainfall, releasin...
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Deep Throat is revealed

Deep Throat is revealed » 2005


"Deep Throat" finally revealed
Washington Post acknowledges W. Mark Felt is Watergate source
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Washington Post acknowledges W. Mark Felt is Watergate source
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A killer who can't keep his mouth shut

A killer who can't keep his mouth shut » 1964

Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Moscow ends

Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Moscow ends » 1988

Yankees and Rebels clash at Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks)

Yankees and Rebels clash at Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) » 1862 Civil War

Ford signs agreement with Soviet Union

Ford signs agreement with Soviet Union » 1929

Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina

Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina » 1775 American Revolution

Underground Railroad (1861-1865)

The Underground Railroad was a secret network organized by people who helped men, women, and children escape from slavery to freedom. It operated before the Civil War (1861-1865) ended slavery in the United States.

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However, the network now generally known as the Underground Railroad was formed in the late 1700s, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860.
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Big Ben goes into operation in London

Big Ben goes into operation in London 1859



Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London[1] and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower as well.[2][3] The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Eliza...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brits bombard Cologne in Operation Millennium

Brits bombard Cologne in Operation Millennium » 1942 WW2

The First Balkan War ends

The First Balkan War ends » 1913 WW1

Thieu vows never to agree to a coalition government

Thieu vows never to agree to a coalition government » 1969

U.S. aircraft carry out new raids

U.S. aircraft carry out new raids » 1966 Vietnam War

Former President Taft dedicates Lincoln Memorial

Former President Taft dedicates Lincoln Memorial » 1922



The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. The…
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Pearl Hart holds up an Arizona stagecoach

Pearl Hart holds up an Arizona stagecoach » 1899

Lesley Gore sings "It's My Party" on American Bandstand

Lesley Gore sings "It's My Party" on American Bandstand » 1963



Lesley Sue Goldstein (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015), known professionally as Lesley Gore, was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16 (in 1963) she recorded the pop hit "It's My Party", and followed it up with other hits including "Judy's Turn to Cry", "She's a Foo...
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Christopher Marlowe killed in tavern brawl

Christopher Marlowe killed in tavern brawl » 1593



, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious early death. Marlowe's plays are known for the use of
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