21 November-Birmingham Pub Bombings

Bombs exploded in two public houses in Birmingham, England killing 19 people in November 1974. The bombs which were believed to have been planted by the Provisional IRA also injured over 180 people. The IRA denied responsibility.

The bombings led to the arrest of six men who were sentenced to life imprisonment. They became known as The Birmingham Six. They protested their innocence and had their convictions quashed after serving 16 years in prison. The real culprits were never brought to justice.

The Birmingham pub bombings occurred in the ‘Mulberry Bush’ and the ‘Tavern in the Town’ pubs in the year 1974 On This Day.

To the memory of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974 by ell brown on 2011-06-23 11:28:21

04 May-A P McCoy

A P McCoy is a former horse racing jockey who is a native of Northern Ireland. During his career he was ‘Champion Jockey’ a record 20 consecutive times. McCoy became the first jockey to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010. In 2013 he was named RTÉ Sports Person of the Year. He was knighted in 2016 for his services to horse racing.

A P McCoy was born Anthony Peter McCoy at Moneyglass, County Antrim in 1974. He began his racing apprenticeship at the Jim Bolger stables in Coolcullen on the Carlow/Kilkenny border at the age of 15. He rode his first winner at Thurles racecourse the age of seventeen in 1992. He went on to ride a record 4,358 winners in Ireland and Great Britain during his career. He retired in 2015

A P McCoy, champion horse racing jockey who is a native of Northern Ireland, was born in the year 1974 On This Day.

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19 May-Rubik’s Cube

Rubik’s Cube was invented by Hungarian inventor and Professor of Architecture Ernő Rubik. Ernő Rubik was born in Budapest, Hungary on July 13th 1944. He was educated in Budapest and graduated from the Budapest University of Technology in 1967. He was appointed professor of architecture at the Hungarian University of Applied Arts in 1974. It was during his time as professor that he began to explore the design of a three-dimensional puzzle. He wanted to build something with parts that moved independently without falling apart and that would help demonstrate spatial relationships to students of architecture.

By 1974 Rubik had succeeded in building the cube. However Dr Larry Nichols of Massachusetts USA had been granted a patent for the Nichols Cube in 1972. When Rubik was granted a patent for his cube in 1974 it was found not to have infringed on Nichols Cube.

The new invention was originally called the Magic Cube. However it was licenced to the Ideal Toy Corporation and began to be sold as Rubik’s Cube in 1980. It is considered to be the best-selling toy in the world and globally over 350 million cubes have been sold.

Competitions involving Rubik’s Cube are held each year. The World Cube Association is the organiser of the competitions and the World Rubik’s Cube Championship for 2015 took place in São Paulo, Brazil from July 17th to 19th. The current world record for solving Rubik’s Cube is 4.90 seconds. The record was set by Lucas Etter of the United States in November 2015 at the River Hill Fall competition in Clarksville, Maryland, USA.

The first prototype of Rubik’s Cube, a 3-D combination puzzle, was completed in the year 1974 On This Day.

Rubik’s Cube by wwarby on 2014-01-12 18:18:41