This Day in History Entry #220

April 25th, 2013 by Wordsman

Darwin knew that we all come from ape
But detractors just stood there agape
See, he knew not the trick
It took Watson and Crick
To discover that nice helix shape

Event: James Watson and Francis Crick publish “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid,” in which the double helix structure of DNA is described for the first time
Year: 1953
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_Structure_of_Nucleic_Acids:_A_Structure_for_Deoxyribose_Nucleic_Acid

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This Day in History Entry #219

April 18th, 2013 by Wordsman

There’s a name that is known far and near
‘Twas a name that the Brits came to fear
When they came in by sea
He warned ev’ry county
Shout it out! He was called: Samuel Prescott

Event: A group of men, including but not limited to Samuel Prescott and William Dawes, ride through Middlesex County to warn residents of the impending arrival of British troops
Year: 1775
Learn more: http://wordsman.org/2010/03/08/brevitywit-entry-14a/

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This Day in History Entry #218

April 11th, 2013 by Wordsman

Now my thesis, as you may recall
Is events, they are shared by dates all
But it may not be so
A computer did show
On this date, naught of interest did fall

Year: 1954
(Lack of) Event: The True Knowledge (now Evi) Answer Engine objectively (?) determined in November 2010 that this was the single most boring date in the entire 20th century
Learn more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8160622/Computer-identifies-the-most-boring-day-in-history.html

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This Day in History Entry #217

April 4th, 2013 by Wordsman

Though their tactics have not been thought nice
In their business, it seems that’s the price
To be on the top bough
(But that spot’s Apple’s now!)
Counting dollars like others count rice

Event: Founding of Microsoft
Year: 1975
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft

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This Day in History Entry #217(a)

April 3rd, 2013 by Wordsman

This one’s a bonus. Apparently I already did a poem for April 3rd in 2012. Looks like April updates will be on Thursdays this year (so look for one tomorrow). Apologies for the–though I’m sure you’re used to it by now–confusion.

Two-point-five, quite a few pounds to weigh
To recharge? Just ten hours, they say
But it fit in your hand
Could this concept expand?
What can you hold in your hand today?

Event: The first successful call from a handheld mobile phone is made
Year: 1973
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_mobile_phones

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