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Today – 30 May

A new day again. This day might be special to many people out there for various reasons, here are more reasons for you to celebrate.

Loomis Day 

The world has become inclusive in the past decades all thanks to the invention of wireless technology called the internet. But, do we know that this revolution of sorts was a mind child of a dentist. Mahlon Loomis understood how the atmosphere worked and how charges can flow in the air between two towers carrying some sort of data. Although the reasons he proposed why this transmission took place was false, yet he had initiated a series of changes that are inseparable from our lives today. 

But why celebrate this day anyway? This day just signifies how little thoughts and ideas can revolutionize the world later. Just Loomis’s small idea led us to today. Similarly, we needn’t hold back suppressing our own ideas and thoughts. Who knows it might be the next great thing? The day encourages us to do the same.  

History does not happen just like that. It is made, made by so many intelligent and brave minds. Here is what today meant for people of the yesteryears. 

1527: The University of Marburg is founded in Germany.

One of German’s oldest universities, the University of Marburg, was founded in 1527 by Philip I. It is the oldest still operating Protestant university in the world.  

1783: The first American daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, begins publishing in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Evening Post was printed by Benjamin Towne from 1775 to 1784. After initially appearing three times a week, in 1783 Towne began publishing the Pennsylvania Evening Post every day, making it the first daily newspaper in the United States. 

1848: William Young patents the ice cream freezer.

Nancy Johnson created a hand-cranked freezer that established the basic method of making ice cream in which paddles moved inside a vessel, surrounded by ice and salt, which held the ingredients. But William Young of Baltimore patented an improved model of the ice cream freezer on May 30th, 1848.

1868: Memorial Day begins when two women place flowers on both Confederate and Union graves.

The first national celebration of Memorial Day took place on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried. Originally known as Decoration Day, at the turn of the century it was designated as Memorial Day. In many American towns, the day is celebrated with a parade. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.

1889: The brassiere is invented.

The first modern bra was officially patented by socialite Mary Phelps Jacobs (who later went by Caresse Crosby) in 1914. She was a 19-year-old New York socialite. 

1971: NASA launches Mariner 9, the first satellite to orbit Mars.

According to space.com Mariner 9 was the first orbital mission to Mars. After arriving at the Red Planet in November 1971, imagery from Mariner 9 transformed our perception of Mars from a cold, crater-filled planet to a world full of past geological activity and a planet that once had water.

Celebrating your birthday? Do you think you’re alone in this, nope? Have a look who all celebrate their birthdays today.

Helen Sharman 

Helen Sharman is the first British and European astronaut and the first woman to have visited the Mir space station in May 1991. She was labeled as the ‘Girl from the Mars’ by the UK press for her work in the GEC. Sharan became the only selected candidate ahead of 13000 applicants who applied for Project Juno. Helen was honored with the bronze and silver and gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club, in 1990. In an interview earlier this year she said “Aliens do exist..but we can’t see them”.

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