Video encyclopedia

Flashback calendar

Nylon is patented

Nylon was the first commercially successful synthetic thermoplastic (mouldable above a specific temperature) polymer. It was first used for toothbrushes. More famous use was for woman’s stockings. During World War II, almost all nylon production was diverted to the military for use in parachutes.

King Tut's final resting place

British archaeologist Howard Carter and his team opened the burial chamber of the he tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. They found the king's sarcophagus. It was constructed in granite. The sarcophagus appeared to have been constructed for another owner, but recarved for Tutankhamen.

Victorian statistician Francis Galton is born

Galton was a polymath. His most important contribution to science is the concept of statistical correlation. He contributed too many other fields, introduced the use of questionnaires for collecting data on human communities. Galton was a proponent of eugenics, coining the term itself. He also invented the phrase "nature versus nurture.”

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1834

Ernst Haeckel

born 1838

Henry Adams