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In 1870 the Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins.
As the city could not communicate outside its walls, people inside had to use balloon mail.
About 66 unguided mail balloons were released from Paris to communicate with the rest of the country.
Since the balloon was not controllable, the delivery of a balloon mail was left to good fortune.
But the great majority succeeded in delivering their messages .

In 1893 New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote.
The Maori were the indigenous Polynesian people who first established in New Zealand,.
They traveled by canoes called “waka” and they named the country ‘Aotearoa’, which means “the land of the long white cloud”.

New Zealand’s population is over four million. But because it is almost the size of Japan, it is one of the world’s least populated countries.
The country is famous for the world’s only flightless parrot, the Kakapo, and for the complete lacking of snakes, beside the fun game…


In 1957 Plumbbob Rainier becomes the first nuclear explosion to be entirely contained underground, producing no fallout.
Before this, another test called Pascal B, consisted in the detonation a nuclear charge on the bottom of a 150 meters shaft.
The shaft was covered with a 900 kilograms steel plate cap that had to contain the blast.
It seems that the cap was projected into the atmosphere with a speed of 66km/s . That is 240000km/hour. The plate has never been found and it is believed that it vaporised before going to space.

In 1982 the smile 🙂 and frown 🙁 emoticons were published for the first time by Scott Fahlman. The next generation Emoji have been around since 1999, when Japanese designer Shigetaka Kurita made the first emoji for cellphones.

In 1984 China and Britain completed a draft agreement transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule.

Hong Kong city has quickly developed and it now holds the record for the most skyscrapers in the world. There’s one distinctive design feature of Hong Kong skyscrapers that is famous. Some of the buildings have gaping holes in the centre.
The holes are known as ‘dragon gates’ and according to feng shui, they allow dragons to fly through. It is a popular belief that dragons migrate from the mountains to the ocean each day through the holes, allowing positive energy flow through the building.

The longest sea crossing in the world is the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, 55 kilometer long.

The terrain of Hong Kong is hilly therefore there is peak tram used for transport.

Omitting the number four is common in Hong Kong because in Chinese, this number sounds like the word “death”. This is called Tetraphobia . So the elevators lack the button numbered 4.

In 1991 Ötzi the Iceman was discovered in the Alps .
Ötzi is the natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BC.

It was found at an elevation of 3210 meters on the border between Italy and Austria. Ötzi was 160 centimetres tall, weighed about 50 kilograms and was about 45 years of age.
It is believed that he has been murdered with an arrow hit. Based on the tools he had and the copper ore traces found on him, it seems that he was involved in copper smelting.


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