March

14 March…

The creator of Dennis the Menace and American cartoonist, Hank King Ketcham was born today in 1920, Seattle, Washington.

Did you know Dennis the Menace is based on Ketcham’s own son Dennis, who instead of napping in October 1950, destroyed his bedroom. Evoking the response of “your son is a menace” from his mother Alice Mahar.

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March

13 March…

Is it a bird, is it a plane, or..something else.

Today in 1997, thousands of people reported a string of bright lights in a shape of a triangle flying over Phoenix, Arizona.

The US air force believes the orbs were actually flares dropped by an aircraft on a training exercise, but many disbelieve this theory.

“How can flares keep a formation, traverse the entire state and beyond for hours in a rock-solid V?” Dr Lynne Kitei, witness to the lights.

UFO, flares, or a plane – the Phoenix Lights are still a mystery.

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March

12 March…

For the first time today, in 1894, Coca-cola is sold in bottles.

In a sweet factory in Vicksburg, Mississippi, owner Joseph A Biedenharn was the first to bottle the drink using glass “Hutchinson” bottles. Hutchinson bottles used rubber and a spring instead of a cork to close the lid.

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March

11 March…

Today in 1882, Norwegian, Fridtjof Nansen sets sail aboard the sealing vessel Viking heading towards Greenland, Arctic circle.

During the five month journey, Nansen, who was only a student at the time, collected water samples from under the ice. This proved his theory that sea ice forms only on the surface of the water and not below it, as it was previously believed. He also proved that the Gulf Stream flows beneath the surface layer of water in the Arctic, supporting his evidence of why only the surface water freezes.

“I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward” – Fridtjof Nansen

The Nobel award winner began zoology at the Royal Frederick University in Oslo in 1881, where his professor, Robert Collett encouraged him to go on the sea voyage to study the Artic’s zoology.

When war swept across the world, Nansen became engaged in humanitarian relief work and helped during the severe famine in the Soviet Union. He received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for all of his humanitarian work he did for the starving people and the prisoners of war.

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March

10 March…

Saturn is often described as the planet with the ring around it, but did you know today in 1977, Uranus was discovered to have rings around it too?

The 13 rings are called Zeta, 6, 5, 4, Alpha, Beta, Eta, Gamma, Delta, Lambda, Epsilon, Nu and Mu – named in order of increasing distance from the planet. The rings were discovered by James L Elliot, Edward W Dunham and Jessica Mink.

The third largest planet in the solar system and surrounded by 27 small moons, Uranus is different to all the over planets further as it rotates on a 90-degree angle. The giant ice planet appears to roll around the Sun instead of spinning on it axis like the rest of the planets.

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March

8 March…

The first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s license happens today in 1910. French aviator Raymonde de Laroche was issued her license by the Aero Club de France.

She would gone on to participate in aviation meetings in Egypt, Saint Petersburg Budapest and Rouen. As well as win awards in 1913, such as the Aero-club of France’s Fernina Cup for a non-stop long-distance flight, and set two women’s records in1919. The two records where for altitude, where she receive 15,700 feet and the women record for distance of 201 miles.

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