17 February-Suez Canal

The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt. The Canal, which is 123km long, stretches from its northern terminus at Port Said to the city of Suez on the Red Sea. The Canal is used by over 17,000 vessels annually.

Several canals had been constructed in the Suez area dating back to almost 2000 BC. The first survey of the Isthmus of Suez, with a view to building a canal, was carried out by the French who occupied Egypt (1898-1801) under Napoleon. Over 50 year later work began on the construction of the Suez Canal in 1859. The Canal, which was designed by Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps, took 10 years to build.

Though the Suez Canal was not officially opened until November 17th 1869, the first ship passed through the canal in the year 1867 On This Day.

Canale di Suez / Suez canal

Suez Canal

 

 

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16 February-LeVar Burton, Roots

LeVar Burton is an award-winning American actor who was born in Germany. He is best known for his role as Lt Commander Geordi La Forge in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. He first achieved fame at the age of twenty, playing the part of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 television series ‘Roots’. Burton was also the host of the long-running children’s television series ‘Reading Rainbow’.

LeVar Burton was born Levardis Robert Martyn Burton in Landstuhl, Germany in 1957. His parents were stationed with the US Army in Germany at the time. He grew up in Sacramento, California and graduated from the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. In 1977 he made his acting debut as Kunta Kinte in the drama series ‘Roots’. The winner of numerous awards, Burton went on to have a successful career as an actor, presenter, director and author.

LeVar Burton, award-winning actor who starred as Kunta Kinte in ‘Roots’ and as Lt Commander Geordi La Forge in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ was born in the year 1957 On This Day.

LeVar Burton

 

 

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15 February-ENIAC

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer. It was designed and built for military purposes by the United States army. ENIAC was first introduced to the public in 1946.

ENIAC weighed 27 tonnes (30 tons) and covered an area of 167 square meters (1,800 square feet). However it could only execute 5,000 instructions per second. The modern iPhone is capable of performing 25 billion instructions per second. ENIAC was switched off on October 2nd 1955.

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania in the year 1946 On This Day.

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ENIAC Tubes

 

 

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14 February-You Tube

YouTube is the largest video hosting website in the world. Founded in February 2005 it has its headquarters in San Bruno, California, USA. Since its foundation the site has grown rapidly. You Tube is now owned by Google.

YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were employees of the online payments system, PayPal. In April 2005, ‘Me at the Zoo’ was the first video uploaded to You Tube. By December 2005 the site was being viewed over 8 million times per day. Twelve years later one billion hours of You Tube content were being viewed daily.

YouTube, the largest video hosting website in the world, was founded in the year 2005 On This Day.

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13 February-Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings was a musician, singer and songwriter who was a native of the USA. His genres included country, outlaw country rockabilly and country rock. The recipient of many awards and honours, Jennings became one of the best-known artists in country music.

Waylon Jennings was born Waylon Arnold Jennings in Littlefield, Texas on June 15th 1937. Interested in music from a young age, he was playing in a band and working as a radio DJ by the age of 12. In 1965 he had his first hit with ‘Stop the World (And Let Me Off)’. His music evolved over the years and he went on to have a successful recording career.

From 1985 to 1995 Jennings was a member of ‘The Highwaymen’, a country group which included Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Jennings was the composer and singer of the theme song for the comedy television series ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. He was also a narrator for the show.

Waylon Jennings, award winning musician, singer and songwriter, died aged 64 in the year 2002 On This Day.

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