On this day in 1703, Peter the Great founded the Russian city of St. Petersburg. This map comes from our 10th edition (published 1902-03).

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On this day in 1703 Peter the Great founded the Russian city
The Islamic holy month of #Ramadan has begun.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has begun

Celebrating Ramadan

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British horror-movie icon Christopher Lee was born on this day in 1922.
British horrormovie icon Christopher Lee was born on this day in 1922

Christopher Lee

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Our list of "beardless buccaneers" includes a couple of real-life #PiratesOfTheCaribbean.
Our list of "beardless buccaneers" includes a couple of reallife PiratesOfTheCaribbean

6 Lady Pirates

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Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into outer space, was born 66 years ago today. Her pioneering flight took place in 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
Astronaut Sally Ride the first American woman to travel into outer space

Sally Ride

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David Adam McDermott
Along some parts of the Eastern Seaboard, the horseshoe-crab population has fallen since 2002 by an estimated 90 percent. Overfishing and beachfront property development are to blame.
Along some parts of the Eastern Seaboard the horseshoecrab population has fallen

Horseshoe Crab: A Key Player in Ecology, Medicine, and More

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The idea of "male" and "female" in plants is a bit mysterious to many people. Our botany editor breaks it down for you.
The idea of male and female in plants is a bit mysterious

Do Plants Have Sexes?

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On this day in 1940: Following Germany's invasion of northern France, the British began a heroic effort to evacuate their troops from the French town of Dunkirk.
On this day in 1940 Following Germanys invasion of northern France the

Dunkirk evacuation

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New entry: Girl with a Pearl Earring, one of the best-known paintings by Johannes Vermeer #arthistory
New entry Girl with a Pearl Earring one of the bestknown paintings

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Gregory Chiles
On this day in 1935 American track-and-field star Jesse Owens set three world records and equaled one other at a meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His record in the long jump (8.13 meters) stood for more than 25 years.

The following year, at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Owens won four gold medals for the United States. His victories were a blow to Adolf Hitler's intention to use the Games to...
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On this day in 1935 American trackandfield star Jesse Owens set three

Jesse Owens

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the movie Star Wars. The Force has been with us ever since. #StarWars40th
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the movie Star

The 40th Anniversary of Star Wars

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New research from the University of Cambridge has revealed that the wax worm, a caterpillar species notorious for destroying beehives, can break down the chemical bonds in polyethylene, a widely-used polymer found in plastic bags and other plastic packaging. Could this be a solution to plastic pollution? Read more: [ Britannica.com Link ]
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Happy birthday, Sir Ian McKellen! The acclaimed British actor, whose many roles include Richard III, Sherlock Holmes, and Gandalf—turns 77 today.
Happy birthday Sir Ian McKellen The acclaimed British actor whose many roles

Sir Ian McKellen

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New entry: a bio of Oscar-winning actor and director Forest Whitaker
New entry: a bio of Oscarwinning actor and director Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

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Behold this bunch of battlefield bumblers.
Behold this bunch of battlefield bumblers

9 Worst Generals in History

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On this day in 1883, New York's Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic, connecting the island of Manhattan to what was then the city of Brooklyn (now a borough of New York City).

Designed by John Augustus Roebling, the suspension bridge was was built over 14 years in the face of immense difficulties. At least 20 workers were killed during its construction, and Roebling himself died as a...
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On this day in 1883 New Yorks Brooklyn Bridge was opened to

Brooklyn Bridge

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Some medieval and Renaissance artists admired Arabic script but couldn't read it. So they improvised.
Some medieval and Renaissance artists admired Arabic script but couldnt read it

Beautiful Gibberish: Fake Arabic in Medieval and Renaissance Art

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Born today in 1819: Queen Victoria, who ruled the United Kingdom for 63 years. The era of her reign was marked by British expansion and economic prosperity and is known today as the Victorian Age.
Born today in 1819 Queen Victoria who ruled the United Kingdom for

Victoria

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On their way to becoming historical figures in their own right, The Beatles dropped a few famous names in their songs. How many do you know?
On their way to becoming historical figures in their own right The

Behind the Scenes: 7 Historical Figures in Beatles Lyrics

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New entry: Fabergé egg:

"any of a series of decorative eggs containing objets d’art that were made by Peter Carl Fabergé’s studios from 1885 to 1917. The best-known—as well as the most lavish and intricate—were the 50 Imperial eggs created for the Romanov family and given as Easter gifts."
New entry Fabergé egg any of a series of decorative eggs containing

Fabergé egg

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