Showing posts from November, 2014

Today in History - November 23. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first elected female head of state in Africa

November 23 is the 327th day of the year . There are 38 days remaining until the end of the year

Today's Highlight in History:

2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.

She was declared the winner of the Liberian election and confirmed as the country's next president.on 23 November 2005, Her inauguration, attended by many foreign
dignitaries, took place on 16 January 2006 after which Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took charge as the 24th and President of Liberia and the first elected female head of state in Africa

Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, and attended the College of West Africa. She married James Sirleaf at the age of 17 years,and then traveled with him to the United States in 1961 to continue her studies and earned an associate degree in accounting at Madison Business College, in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1970 she enrolled at the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado, for her graduate studies. She studie…

Remembering John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, widely known as Jack Kennedy, or by his initials JFK, was sworn in as the 35th president of America at noon on January 20, 1961. In his inaugural address he spoke of the need for all Americans to be active citizens, famously saying, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." He asked the nations of the world to join together to fight what he called the "common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself".

He added: "All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin." In closing, he expanded on his desire for greater internationalism: "Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you."

Kennedy …

Today in History- November 22: Mike Tyson, former undisputed heavyweight champion

November 22 is the 326th day of the yeara. There are 39 days remaining until the end of the year

Today's Highlight in History
1986 – Mike Tyson defeats Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson ; born June 30, 1966 is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.

In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks after 91 seconds. Tyson successfully d…

Today in History - November 21 : Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia, the first female United States Senator.

November 21 is the 325th day of the year. There are 40 days remaining until the end of the year.

Today's Highlight in History
1922 – Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.

Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton (June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, lecturer, reformer, and politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.She was the most prominent woman in Georgia in the Progressive Era, and was honored by appointment to the Senate. She was sworn in November 21, 1922, and served just 24 hours. At 87 years, nine months, and 22 days old, she was the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate. To date, she is also the only woman to have served as a Senator from Georgia. Her husband William Harrell Felton was a member of the United States House of Representatives and Georgia House of Representatives and she ran his campaigns. She was a prominent society woman; an advocate of pris…

Today in History - November 20 first version of the Microsoft Windows line, Windows 1.0 is released.

November 20 is the 324th day of the year. There are 41 days remaining until the end of the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
1985 – MicrosoftWindows 1.0 is released.

Windows 1.0 is a graphical personal computer operating environment developed by Microsoft. Its development was spearheaded by the company founder, The development of Windows was spearheaded by the Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, after seeing a demonstration at COMDEX 1982 of Visi On, a graphical user interface software suite for IBM PC compatibles. 
First released on 20 November 1985 as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line, Windows 1.0 runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, providing an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.

Version 1.02, released in May 1986, was an international release. Version 1.03, released in August 1986 included enhancements that made it consistent with the international …

Today in History - November 19 Pelé, the greatest football player of all time.

November 19 is the 323rd day of the year. There are 42 days remaining until the end of the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
1969 – Association football player Pelé scores his 1,000th goal.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento who is better known as Pelé is a world-beating superstar, a record-breaking football icon. and is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time.

Born in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son
of Fluminense footballer Dondinho and Celeste Arantes. He was the elder of two siblings. His parents named him after the American inventor Thomas Edison but decided to remove the "i" and call him "Edson", but there was a mistake on the birth certificate, leading many documents to show his name as "Edison", not "Edson", He was originally nicknamed Dico by his family. However, he was nicknamed "Pelé" during his school days when wrongly he pronounced the name of his favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkee…

Today in History - November 16 : Sir John Ambrose Fleming, the father of Modern Electronics.

November 16 is the 320th day of the year. There are 45 days remaining until the end of the year.

Today's Highlight in History-
1904 – English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
Sir John Ambrose Fleming (29 November 1849 – 18 April 1945) was an English electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube. He is also famous for the left hand rule (for electric motors). he was known as the father of modern electronics.
In electronics, vacuum tube, electron tube (in North America), tube, or valve (in British English) is a device that controls electric current through a vacuum in a sealed container. Vacuum tubes mostly rely on thermionic emission of electrons from a hot filament or a cathode heated by the filament. This type is called athermionic tube or thermionic valve. A phototube, however, achieves electron emission through the photoelectric effect. Not all electron tubes contai…