George Orwell Timeline

George Orwell Timeline

On the 21st of January, 1950, English author George Orwell (born Eric Arthur Blair) passed away. Best known among modern readers as the novelist who enriched the dystopian fiction genre through works such as Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949), Mr. Orwell distinguished himself as an active essayist, journalist and literary critic in his times. Marked by a strong awareness of social injustice, his lucid prose continues to influence today’s political and popular culture, having introduced reference neologisms such as “Big Brother”, “Thought Police” and “unperson” into the English language.

To pay tribute to one of the 50 greatest British writers of the last century, we have created the George Orwell Timeline, which pinpoints some of his most significant life events and published works.

Long before the allegorical novella Animal Farm and dystopian novel 1984 saw the light of day, Mr. Orwell had steadily built his writing career through non-fiction pieces documenting aspects such as the Spanish Civil War, class division and the living conditions of the poor. To record his experiences of the low life described in Down and Out in Paris and London (1936), he dressed like a tramp and went on expeditions, tours and immersions in the poorer parts of these two cities. It was with the publication of this memoir that he adopted his now famous pseudonym, all his previous articles and short essays being signed with his real name.

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Jeff Bezos Timeline

Jeff Bezos Timeline

This Saturday, American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Bezos turns 55. Known for founding the world’s biggest online shopping retailer, Amazon, Mr. Bezos has several other business investments as well, which he manages through Bezos Expeditions, his venture capital fund. Among the best known ones are the aerospace company Blue Origin and national newspaper The Washington Post. Having become the world’s wealthiest person in 2017, he also set the record of being the first centi-billionaire on the Forbes index.

To wish a happy birthday to the one who was ranked among the 50 greatest business leaders in the world for three years in a row, we have created the Jeff Bezos Timeline, which highlights some of his most significant life events and career achievements.

Completing his high school studies as a valedictorian, the young Bezos would set out on a steady path to success by pursuing a higher education at the Princeton University, from which he graduated with two academic degrees in computer science and electrical engineering. The freshly graduated man who used to work as a line cook at MacDonald’s in his high school days would, at this point, receive a variety of job offers at important multinational corporations such as Intel and Andersen Consulting. Starting his career at a financial telecommunications company, he then entered the banking industry where he succeeded in becoming an influential figure by the age of 30.

In late 1993, while on a trip from New York to Seattle, Mr. Bezos wrote the business plan for his own start-up, envisioned as a web-based bookstore. He then left his Wall Street job to dedicate himself to developing the venture, which was named “Amazon” and launched in July, 1994. Warning the early investors about Amazon's high risk of failure, he nevertheless went on with his endeavor, gradually expanding the product range from books to a variety of consumer goods and web services. However, this product diversification caused financial distress and led to Amazon almost going bankrupt in 2002. Under Mr. Bezos’ assiduous management, the business rebounded from instability and became the world’s biggest online sales company and cloud infrastructure service provider.

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🎄 Christmas Timeline 🎅

Christmas Timeline

Celebrated all over the world in a variety of ways, Christmas is sure one of the most beloved holidays and marks one of the most exciting periods of the year. Its traditions, decorations and overall spirit animate and give many of us something to look forward to well in advance.

To wish everyone happy holidays, we have created a timeline that illustrates a short collection of Christmas-related facts and traditions.

With its name representing a shortened form of “Christ’s mass”, Christmas has its origins in ancient pagan festivities such as Deus Sol Invictus, Saturnalia and the Kalends, all of which took place at the end of the year. Despite disapproving of the aforementioned celebrations, The Christian Church appropriated them and it was Pope Julius I, the bishop of Rome, who proclaimed the 25th of December as the official celebration date for Jesus’ birthday way back in 350 AD.

Long before Christmas trees came to be associated with the winter holiday, evergreens were revered as symbols of rebirth and eternal life within heathen communities. Initially banned by the Christian councils because of these pagan associations, holly, ivy and other evergreen boughs later became the traditional decorations for Christmas.

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Ludwig van Beethoven Timeline

Ludwig van Beethoven Timeline

This Sunday marks 248 years since the birth of German pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Authoring numerous innovative compositions that combined vocals and instruments, he widened the scope of the symphony, quartet, sonata and concert, which made him a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras of Western music. Out of his prodigious repertoire, creations such as Symphony No. 3 (also named the Eroica Symphony), Symphony No. 5, Für Elise, Ode to Joy and Moonlight Sonata remain among the best known.

To bring an homage to the musical genius whose enduring masterpieces delight modern audiences to this day, we have created the Ludwig van Beethoven Timeline – a short visual chronology of his life, including the publishing dates of his most famous compositions.

The son of a tenor and violin tutor, a 5-year-old Ludwig would begin a rigorous tuition regime for several instruments which was so intensive that it sometimes involved him being awakened in the middle of the night to practice. Displaying tremendous talent, he had his first public performance at the age of 7. In 1791, after being introduced to Joseph Haydn, who would later become his mentor, Beethoven moved to Vienna and dedicated himself to study and performance. Three years later, he already enjoyed the reputation of a piano virtuoso and improviser in the salons of the nobility.

When he was 28, it is reported that Beethoven suffered a fit induced by rage because of being interrupted at work, which caused him to fall over. This unfortunate event led to his gradual hearing loss and, eventually, deafness which forced him to give up performing in public in 1811. Although his growing deafness sparked thoughts of suicide, the composer resolved to continue living through and for his art. Faithful to his resolution, he kept composing at a furious pace and yielded an astonishing output of complex and original music that would place him in the pantheon of the greatest composers.

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Nobel Prize Timeline

Nobel Prize Timeline

Named after the Swedish chemist, engineer and businessman who invented dynamite, the Nobel Prizes were established with the fortune he left as a donation upon his death on December 10, 1896, and are bestowed annually in recognition of academic, cultural, or scientific advances. The inventor’s will bequeathed 94% of his wealth towards the establishment of 5 prizes (Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and a Peace Prize), which were to be awarded by 5 specific institutions to those who “during the preceding year conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”.

Nobel’s testamentary dispositions stirred controversy, with the appointed organizations accepting the responsibility after considerable deliberation and awarding the first prizes only 5 years later. The sixth Nobel Prize (in Economics) was established in 1968 by Swedish central bank Sveriges Riksbank through a donation in memory of Alfred Nobel.

To celebrate the upcoming edition of the Nobel Prize Ceremony, we have created a timeline which pinpoints a series of significant milestones in the history of the event.

Unlike the current practice of announcing the annual laureates well ahead of the ceremony date, the inaugural edition kept the winners’ names undisclosed until the very day of awarding the prizes. These were:

  • German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered X-rays, was the laureate of the first Nobel Prize in Physics;
  • Dutch physical chemist Jacobus H. van ‘t Hoff, explaining the importance of osmotic pressure in plant and animal life, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry;
  • Emil von Behring was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of a diphtheria antitoxin;
  • Retired French engineer turned into poet Sully Prudhomme won the first Nobel Prize in Literature;
  • Swiss social activist Henry Dunant, founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, shared the first Nobel Peace Prize with international pacifist Frédéric Passy.

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