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Today – May 26

Every day comes with new opportunities in life to live and celebrate. Today’s date reminds you of your favorite childhood toy – the paper airplane.

NATIONAL PAPER PLANE DAY

Image by Krzysztof Kamil from Pixabay

This day is celebrated to commemorate the fanciful aeronautical toy. These paper airplanes have fascinated children and adults alike around the globe for generations. This day is usually celebrated with contests in two basic flight categories: distance and time in the air. The practice of constructing paper planes is often referred to as aerogami, after origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. This day is a fun and enjoyable way to acknowledge all the amazing aspects an airplane has to offer and a chance to come together to celebrate this impressive invention.

Facts: The largest paper aircraft had a wingspan of 59.74 ft. Students and employees made it in Germany on 28th September 2013. The distance record (226 feet, 10 inches) was set by Joe Ayoob, with a plane in February 2012. The record time for the longest-lasting paper airplane flight is 29.2 seconds.

There are so many things happening every day around the world, some of which are so great, that they create a space for themselves in the books of history. 26 May has also witnessed some amazing events in the past. Let’s read about them!

1864: The territory of Montana is organized

The Montana Territory was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from May 26, 1864, until November 8, 1889, when it was admitted as the 41st state in the Union as the state of Montana.

1896: The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned

He was crowned as the ruler of Russia in Moscow. After a period of mourning for his late father, who dies in November 1894, he was crowned czar in May 1896. He led his country into the Russo-Japanese war, which led to the Russian Revolution, and World War I.

1958: Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark

It is a 2.6-acre public plaza. The area got its name because it was once used for Thomas Starr King rallies and support for the Union Army during the American Civil War, learning its designation as a California Historical Landmark.

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1969: Apollo 10 returns to Earth

Apollo 10 returned to Earth safely after orbiting the Moon 31 times and its success enabled the first actual landing (Apollo 11) two months later. Apollo 10 set the record for the highest speed attained by a crewed vehicle.

1977: The movie Star Wars debuts

This was an American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century-Fox. This movie has won seven Oscar Awards.

Are you looking for a birthday twin today? We have some people for you.

Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier is a famous American cartoonist. She is famous for her works the autobiographical webcomic Smile which got published as a full novel in February 2010. Her works Sisters, Smile, and her graphic novel Drama have been on the New York Best Seller lists. Four of Telgemeier’s books (Drama, Smile, Sisters, and Kristy’s Great Idea) were in the top four on The New York Times Best Seller list for paperback graphic books, as of May 2015. She was a cartoon enthusiast from her childhood and became successful in pursuing her passion as a career.

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena is an English actress who has been working in the media for nearly four decades. She has done a variety of films ranging from Hamlet to the present Netflix series The Crown. She is a recipient of the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She also bagged the award at the 2010 International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role as author Enid Blyton in the television film Enid (2009). In 2012, she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours list for services to drama. The then Prime Minister David Cameron announced that she had been appointed to Britain’s new national Holocaust Commission in January 2014.

Information Source: Wikipedia

 

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