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Aerovelo Eta becomes fastest human-powered bike in history

The vehicle, manned by bicyclist Todd Reichert, achieved speed of 139.45 kilometers per hour. The record attempt took place at the on a highway outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada. Aerovelo Eta had lightweight, low-profile aerodynamically designed shell. Same engineering team and same pilot also won a prize for human-powered helicopter in 2013.

Discover of Iceman Ötzi

Ötzi is the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence the nickname "Ötzi". He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic Europeans.

Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons

The first ASCII emoticons, :-) and :-(, were written by Scott Fahlman in 1982, but emoticons actually originated on the PLATO IV computer system in 1972. As SMS and the internet became widespread in the late 1990s, emoticons became increasingly popular and were commonly used on text messages, internet forums and e-mails.

Montgolfier brothers test their balloon

Montgolfier brothers were French inventors of the hot air balloon. In 1783, they publicly demonstrated their creation, the Aérostat Révelillon. The first living beings out in the air were a duck, a rooster and a sheep called Montauciel, that were in a basket attached to the balloon. It was performed at the royal palace in Versailles.

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