Lego History Timeline

Lego History Timeline

This Sunday, the Lego brick turns 60! Children and adults worldwide have played with Lego sets for the past six decades, and the famous toy bricks are still as craved as they’ve always been – and just as feisty as ever despite the ripe age, as you may notice when accidentally stepping on one. The Lego brick hasn’t changed in appearance from the day its well-known design was patented, on January 28, 1958, but it’s certainly come a long way, steadily turning the Lego Group into one of the biggest toymakers in the world. To commemorate the anniversary of the world’s most beloved toy, let’s take a look back at how it all started.

The Lego Timeline illustrates major milestones and achievements in the history of the company, including the year founder Ole Kirk Christiansen started manufacturing toys, the day the modern stud-and-tube design was patented, or the introduction of the minifigure. In 1916, carpenter Ole Christiansen bought a woodworking shop in Billund, Denmark, where he manufactured stepladders and furniture. Faced with a lack of carpentry jobs because of the Great Depression, Ole soon started to produce miniature models of his products, which inspired him to create toys, thinking they were less expensive and could actually sell. Soon, he renamed his company as LEGO, and the rest is history.

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Edgar Allan Poe Timeline

Edgar Allan Poe timeline

Today is the birthday of one of the most beloved and enigmatic writers of the 19th century: Edgar Allan Poe. Born on January 19, 1809, Poe is remembered almost two centuries after his death for his haunting poetry and prose. He invented modern detective fiction, was one of the earliest horror and science fiction writers, and proved to be a cunning hoaxer as well. To celebrate the birthday of America’s favorite dark romantic, we have created a timeline of his life.

The Edgar Allan Poe Timeline illustrates some of the major events in the short and tumultuous life of the writer, from his birth, the day he is adopted by Frances and John Allan, and his first published work (Tamerlane), to the first appearance in print of The Raven and the author’s puzzling death.

While plausibly not a saint, Edgar Allan Poe was nowhere near the decadent image most of us have of him today. His negative reputation comes courtesy of his literary rival, author Rufus Griswold. When Poe died in unexplained circumstances after being found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, Griswold wrote a libelous obituary of him, followed by a calumnious biography containing half-truths, falsehoods and forged evidence that depicted him as a deprived, drug-addled alcoholic. Although the book was denounced as deceitful, it was widely reprinted and it became popularly accepted, in part because it was the only full biography of Poe available and, to some extent, because readers liked the idea of an “evil” poet.

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National Georgraphic Society Timeline

National Geographic Society Timeline

Started by an elite group of academics and businessmen bound together by an enthusiasm for geography and natural sciences, the National Geographic Society (NGS) marks its 130th anniversary this year, on January 13. What began well over a century ago as a small club promoting the diffusion of geographical knowledge is now one of the largest educational and scientific institutions in the world. To celebrate National Geographic’s birthday, let’s take a quick look at the history and evolution of the organization.

The National Geographic Society Timeline illustrates some of the important events and turning points in the long life of the institution, from the day it was born and the first issue of its namesake magazine to its 130th anniversary.

A major turning point in the history of the Society was when the famous Alexander Graham Bell took the helm of the organization in 1898. When he became president, the Society was in a difficult financial state, mainly because the National Geographic magazine could not provide a reliable revenue base.

Bell realized the publication – back then, resembling a stuffy academic journal – needed considerable changes to become more popular, as well as a full time-editor to implement those changes. Therefore, he hired Gilbert H. Grosvenor to be in charge of the magazine’s editorial policy, who mandated a more accessible style, brought captivating first-person narratives, and introduced photographs into the magazine. As a result, National Geographic’s membership grew from roughly 1,000 to 70,000 and continued to skyrocket, turning the Society into one of the world’s largest scientific organizations.

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Martin Scorsese Timeline

Martin Scorsese Timeline

This Friday, one of our age’s most influential film directors turns 75. Born in New York on November 17, 1942, and aspiring to become a priest in his teenage years, Martin Scorsese would grow up to build an unparalleled career in filmmaking, gaining worldwide fame for his gritty dramas and violent crime movies. To celebrate the director’s birthday, let’s take a brief look at his life and career.

The Martin Scorsese Timeline illustrates important milestones in the filmmaker’s personal and professional life, including major movie releases such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, or the more recent Silence. Although Mean Streets was Scorsese’s breakthrough film, Taxi Driver was certainly the one that cemented his career, being considered a cinematic masterpiece even four decades after its release – which, by the way, nearly didn’t happen.

When first shown to the MPAA, Taxi Driver was given an X rating for violence, and the studio threatened they will not release it unless Scorsese cuts it for an R. To get the R rating, the director de-saturated the color in the movie’s more violent scenes, making the blood seem less prominent and less shocking. The result pleased not only the ratings board, but Scorsese himself, who liked the color change and the grainier look of the film, considering it an improvement over the original.

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BBC Timeline

BBC Timeline

Founded on October 18, 1922, with the mission to “inform, educate and entertain”, the BBC marked its 95th anniversary this year. Starting out with a staff of four including the general manager, the British Broadcasting Company (as it was first named), quickly established itself as a teller of truth and an integral part of British national life.

Today, the BBC is one of the largest broadcasters in the world, and, although it’s been facing struggles and fierce competition from online streaming services, the old titan is still holding up. Let’s take a brief look into the corporation’s history and see how it got where it is today.

The BBC Timeline illustrates some of the important events and major launches in the history of the broadcasting company, from the day it was formed and its first live sports broadcast, to the release of Doctor Who and the launch of the BBC News Channel, among others. The first broadcasters at BBC had quite a lot of challenges to face, not only on account of technical limitations, but also because they were exploring unchartered territory. For instance, drama without visuals was something completely new and hard to imagine at that time – which is probably why the first play written for radio (and broadcast by BBC) was set in a pitch-black coal mine.

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