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Solar ship of Khufu

In Giza, archaeologist looked at the ship buried at the base of the Great Pyramid. They pushed the camera through a hole drilled in limestone slabs covering the chamber with the ship. The hole was made with a special drill which preserved the original air. The ancient Egyptians buried several ships in the neighborhood of the great pyramid or elsewhere.


First domestic microwave oven was sold by Tappan. Microwave oven uses electromagnetic radiation with frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 GHz to heat or cook food. The radiation induces polar molecules (mainly water) to rotate. This produces the thermal energy. The discovery of microwave oven was a by-product of radar research in World War 2.

Creator of the first videogame

American physicist William Higinbotham was born. He created the first videogame ever, simple tennis simulation, called Tennis for two. The game was played on the screen of oscilloscope. Tennis court was viewed from the side. Higinbotham built the game with technician Robert V. Dvorak in three weekends.

Long-distance aviator

US navy officer Richard E. Byrd was born. He developed two air navigation instruments: bubble sextant and a drift indicator. Byrd made a number of long-distance flights. He claimed that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air. It is, however, not sure whether he reached the North Pole.

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