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Blue Trousers Conquer the World

Exactly 175 years ago – on 26 June 1829 – the inventor of the world-famous Jeans trousers, Levi Strauss, was born. The renowned trouser tailor from Franconia turned the blue workwear into a cult object.

Sharks – Sensitive and Clever Sea Dwellers

Sharks are often made out to be vicious killer machines. However, we humans are a much greater harm to these fascinating sea dweller than they to us. Called to our attention by our reader Juliette, we would like to clearly dispel some of the prejudices against sharks.

The Titanic - A Myth at the Bottom of the Sea

No other ship disaster is as famous as that of the Titanic. The luxury liner sank on 14 April 1912, during its maiden voyage. In spite of an intensive search, it took decades to find the wreck: not until 1 September 1985.

Montblanc Becomes Europe´s Highest Mountain

The Montblanc is Europe's highest mountain, isn't it? This hasn't always been quite certain. Before Bénédict de Saussure surveyed the Montblancs' summit 220 years ago, the Matterhorn or the Monte Rosa were thought to be higher.

1890: The First Comic Appears

Comics were born in 1890. On 17 May, the first self-contained magazine with drawn stories appeared in the USA. Henceforth, the triumph of the speech balloons was unstoppable.

Cross-Atlantic All Alone

Some 80 years ago, on 20 May 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a solo non-stop flight lasting 33 hours. Almost to day five years later, Amelia Earhart dared this flight as the first women and beat several records.

14 July 1789: Storming of the Bastille

The Storming of the Bastille, the fortress and prison of Paris, marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Some 900 revolters seized this symbol of power of the French monarchy. You can learn more here.

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