May 11 1997 – Deep Blue Defeats Garry Kasparov

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May 11 1997 – Deep Blue Defeats Garry Kasparov5 (100%) 1 vote Fifteen months after the first man-versus-machine chess match-up, world champion Garry Kasparov faced Deep Blue — an IBM supercomputer — in New York City. Competing in a traditional six-game format, Deep Blue became the first computer to beat a grandmaster on May 11, 1997. In defeating a human at one of the most thought-intensive games ever invented, Deep Blue exploded myths about the limits of digital intelligence. For IBM, the Deep Blue victory was nearly a decade in the making. The project began as a graduate study by Feng-hsiung Hsu while working on his master’s degree at Carnegie […]

May 12 1935 – The First Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Occurs in Akron, Ohio

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May 12 1935 – The First Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Occurs in Akron, OhioRate this post The battle against addiction has taken many forms throughout the centuries, but none has had a more prominent effect in recent times than Alcoholics Anonymous. The twelve-step program centering on building communities of people to overcome the challenges of recovery together had its first unofficial meeting on May 12, 1935. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith — the two men gathered in Henrietta Sieberling’s Akron, Ohio home — would go on to found an organization which helps millions resume productive lives. The 1920s were good for the United States: despite a ban on the sale […]

May 13 1648 – The Red Fort, Home to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is Completed in Delhi

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May 13 1648 – The Red Fort, Home to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is Completed in DelhiRate this post Shah Jahan, in a bid to deepen the lasting impression of the Mughal Dynasty on Indian history, achieved a major step in the creation of his legacy on May 13, 1648: the Red Fort, a new palace constructed in Delhi, was completed after 10 years of construction work. The massive sandstone structure on the banks of the River Yamuna, in addition to being a stunning piece of architecture, would serve as the residence of the Mughal Emperors for more than 200 years. Some 120 miles to the southeast of Delhi, Agra […]

May 14 1804 CE – William Clark Sets off on the Famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, the “Corps of Discovery”

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May 14 1804 CE – William Clark Sets off on the Famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, the “Corps of Discovery”Rate this post The Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Corps of Discovery, was a historic expedition undertaken by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to secure the western regions – the Northwest and Oregon regions of the Pacific coast for the United States of America. On May 14, 1804, William Clark set out from St. Louis and was soon joined by Meriwether Lewis on this memorable journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this exploration as a journey to discover a transcontinental water route along the Missouri River. It was also meant to negotiate […]

May 15 1958 CE – The Space Laboratory Sputnik 3 is Launched by the Soviet Union

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May 15 1958 CE – The Space Laboratory Sputnik 3 is Launched by the Soviet UnionRate this post On May 15, 1958, the USSR launched the only Soviet satellite that year – Sputnik 3. Sputnik 3 made it into orbit during the International Geophysical Year (IGY), an international project that was conducted between July 1, 1957 and December 31, 1958. Sputnik 3 was a research satellite and a space lab. It was launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Tyuratum) launch site in the USSR by a modified R7/SS-6 ICBM. The launch vehicle of the Sputnik 3 was a modified SS-6 (Sapwood).The R-7 launcher, “semyorka”, is a derivation of the […]

May 16 1929 – The First Academy Awards Ceremony is Held

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May 16 1929 – The First Academy Awards Ceremony is HeldRate this post The first Academy Awards ceremony in the history of Hollywood was held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Thursday, May 16, 1929. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) decided to honor the best movies released between August 1, 1927 and August 1, 1928 at a private dinner hosted in Los Angeles, California. About 270 people attended the event. Guests of members could attend and their tickets would cost five dollars. The awards ceremony lasted about fifteen minutes and was hosted by AMPAS President Douglas Fairbanks himself. The awards had been […]

May 17 1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is Formed

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May 17 1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is FormedRate this post The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), also commonly called the “Big Board”, is the world’s largest stock exchange in terms of its market capitalization which is currently worth over 14 trillion dollars. The stock exchange came into being following an agreement among New York traders entered into on May 17, 1792. The current offices of the NYSE are located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City. The history of the world’s largest stock exchange was a very humble one. On May 17, 1792, a group of 24 stock brokers from New York signed the Buttonwood […]

May 18 1974 – India Becomes the Sixth Nation to Successfully Test an Atomic Bomb

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May 18 1974 – India Becomes the Sixth Nation to Successfully Test an Atomic BombRate this post On May 18, 1974, at 8.05 am local time, the Indian Army conducted the first nuclear weapon explosion by the country. The detonation at Pokhran Test Range in the Pokhran region of Rajasthan state in India was codenamed Smiling Buddha, though referred to by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MoEA) as Pokhran- I. The test was overseen by senior personnel of the Indian Army. With the success of the test, India became the sixth nation and the first non-permanent United Nations member to have tested a nuclear missile. Though the MoEA designated […]

May 19 2001 – Apple Inc. Opens its First Retail Store

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May 19 2001 – Apple Inc. Opens its First Retail StoreRate this post On Saturday, May 19, 2001, Apple Inc. opened its first retail store in the US, at Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia. Steve Jobs, the then CEO had hosted a press event earlier that week at the Tysons Corner Center mall announcing the opening of two retail stores. The other retail store that Apple launched on the same day was at Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. Apple promised the U.S., 25 retail stores by the end of the year 2001. Jobs announced that the next three stores had been planned for the Chicago area, four for the Los […]

May 20 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis Receive Patent for Blue Jeans

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May 20 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis Receive Patent for Blue JeansRate this post Bavaria-born, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and a tailor from Reno, Nevada, Jacob Davis received the patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets on May 20, 1873. The two then set out to create what would become one of the most famous and best-loved garments across the world – the blue jeans. Loeb Strauss was born in the Buttenheim region of Bavaria, in 1829. When the Strauss family immigrated to the US, young Loeb landed in New York in 1847 to join his brothers Jonas and Louis. The death of his father […]