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Three Tenors, Zero Royalties

When Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti teamed up for their first joint performance on 7th July, 1990 in Rome, it was intended as a one-off collaboration to celebrate the FIFA World Cup.  But the concert triggered instant worldwide fame for the trio, who became known as The Three Tenors, and their live recording […]

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When Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti teamed up for their first joint performance on 7th July, 1990 in Rome, it was intended as a one-off collaboration to celebrate the FIFA World Cup.  But the concert triggered instant worldwide fame for the trio, who became known as The Three Tenors, and their live recording

The Best Thing Since Wrapped Bread

Rerun. Sliced bread had never been automated before Otto Rohwedder unveiled his “power-driven, multi-bladed bread slicer” at Chillicothe Baking Company on July 6, 1928 – after an astonishing SIXTEEN years of self-funded development.   The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune ran a front-page story in response – warning that consumers might find sliced bread “startling,” but that “the

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Rerun. Sliced bread had never been automated before Otto Rohwedder unveiled his “power-driven, multi-bladed bread slicer” at Chillicothe Baking Company on July 6, 1928 – after an astonishing SIXTEEN years of self-funded development.   The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune ran a front-page story in response – warning that consumers might find sliced bread “startling,” but that “the

Jeff Bezos and the Infinite Bookstore

Amazon, created in the Seattle garage of Jeff Bezos, was incorporated on 5th July, 1994.  Before Bezos had settled on the site’s name as a way of conveying the size and scope of the e-commerce platform he intended to build, his working titles had included Cadabra, Relentless, Awake, Browse and Bookmall. In this episode, Arion,

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Amazon, created in the Seattle garage of Jeff Bezos, was incorporated on 5th July, 1994.  Before Bezos had settled on the site’s name as a way of conveying the size and scope of the e-commerce platform he intended to build, his working titles had included Cadabra, Relentless, Awake, Browse and Bookmall. In this episode, Arion,

Here Comes The Hamburger

Who invented the hamburger? It’s almost impossible to know, given that mincemeat has been consumed all around the world, and for centuries – but Oscar Bilby, of Tulsa, Oklahoma is a strong contender.  On 4th July, 1891, he grilled a beef patty, and – for the first time in documented history –  PUT IT IN

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Who invented the hamburger? It’s almost impossible to know, given that mincemeat has been consumed all around the world, and for centuries – but Oscar Bilby, of Tulsa, Oklahoma is a strong contender.  On 4th July, 1891, he grilled a beef patty, and – for the first time in documented history –  PUT IT IN

The Last White Rajah

The British Empire gained a new colony on 1st July, 1946 – the kingdom of Sarawak. For over 100 years, it had been ruled as the personal fiefdom of a Devonshire family: the ‘White Rajahs’. ‘Adventurer’ James Brooke had taken the territory in 1838, and then established a male, hierarchical, absolute monarchy in the country.

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The British Empire gained a new colony on 1st July, 1946 – the kingdom of Sarawak. For over 100 years, it had been ruled as the personal fiefdom of a Devonshire family: the ‘White Rajahs’. ‘Adventurer’ James Brooke had taken the territory in 1838, and then established a male, hierarchical, absolute monarchy in the country.

In Case of Emergency, Call 999

The world’s first emergency number, 999, was launched in London on 30th June, 1937 – to a great deal of scepticism, and open laughter in the House of Commons.  But when five women died in a house fire in 1935 – after a neighbour had attempted to call the fire brigade via the Operator –

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The world’s first emergency number, 999, was launched in London on 30th June, 1937 – to a great deal of scepticism, and open laughter in the House of Commons.  But when five women died in a house fire in 1935 – after a neighbour had attempted to call the fire brigade via the Operator –

Let’s Go Cruising

The first purpose-built cruise ship in history, the Prinzessin Victoria Luise, was launched by Albert Ballin’s Hamburg-America Line on 29th June, 1900. Luxuriously appointed, she was kitted out with entirely first-class cabins, a hotel-quality kitchen, and an innovative dark room – at the behest of the Kaiser himself. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly

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The first purpose-built cruise ship in history, the Prinzessin Victoria Luise, was launched by Albert Ballin’s Hamburg-America Line on 29th June, 1900. Luxuriously appointed, she was kitted out with entirely first-class cabins, a hotel-quality kitchen, and an innovative dark room – at the behest of the Kaiser himself. In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly

Bonnie Prince Betty

When Jacobite heir Bonnie Prince Charlie made his escape from the British Army on 28th June, 1746, he did so in bizarre style – disguised in drag as Irish spinning-maid ‘Betty Burke’. With a £30,000 bounty on his head, Charles had to rely on the support of strangers – in this case 24 year-old Flora

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When Jacobite heir Bonnie Prince Charlie made his escape from the British Army on 28th June, 1746, he did so in bizarre style – disguised in drag as Irish spinning-maid ‘Betty Burke’. With a £30,000 bounty on his head, Charles had to rely on the support of strangers – in this case 24 year-old Flora

When Hugh Met Divine

It was the sex scandal of the year: British rom-com star Hugh Grant procuring the services of hitherto unknown L.A. streetwalker Divine Brown on Sunset Boulevard on 27th June, 1995. When their in-car liaison went public the following morning (following their arrest for lewd behaviour), Grant embarked upon what has become seen as a textbook

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It was the sex scandal of the year: British rom-com star Hugh Grant procuring the services of hitherto unknown L.A. streetwalker Divine Brown on Sunset Boulevard on 27th June, 1995. When their in-car liaison went public the following morning (following their arrest for lewd behaviour), Grant embarked upon what has become seen as a textbook

The Chicken of Tomorrow

With breast meat so chunky it could feed the whole family, and drumsticks so small you could carve straight past the bone, the ‘chicken of tomorrow’ envisaged by U.S. retailer A&P inspired a national competition that reached its culmination on 24th June, 1948 – and changed the way that the world ate chicken forever. Entrants

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With breast meat so chunky it could feed the whole family, and drumsticks so small you could carve straight past the bone, the ‘chicken of tomorrow’ envisaged by U.S. retailer A&P inspired a national competition that reached its culmination on 24th June, 1948 – and changed the way that the world ate chicken forever. Entrants