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Patrick Victor Martindale White, first Oceanian to receive Nobel Prize in Literature

First Oceanian presented the Nobel Prize in Literature was in 1973
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Cooling system for buildings

Leonardo da Vinci apparently designed cooling system for buildings. In fact it started with a noblewoman Isabella d’Este, whose home was in Mantua, Italy, where Leonardo da Vinci was a guest in 1500. The cool air, was created by a paddlewheel in an enclosed water-filled chamber, which was blown into the room by a bellows.

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Date:
      1500

Name(s):
      Leonardo da Vinci

Occupation:
      Artist,
      Inventor,
      Visionairy

Location:
      Mantua, Italy

Water powered sawmill used in marble cutting

Gallic born latin poet by the name of Decimus Magnus Ausonious, described a stone cutting water powered mill in his lyric poem about the Mosella (Moselle) river in Gaul (now France), written circa 360. This water powered mill was cutting marble for the city of Treves. Mills of this type may have been used throughout the roman empire for several hundred years.

Date:
      Circa 360 CE

Name(s):
      Decimus Magnus Ausonious

Occupation:
      Poet


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  • Hierapolis sawmill – Wikipedia
    The Hierapolis sawmill is believed to be a Roman water-powered stone sawmill at Hierapolis, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Dating to the second half of the 3rd century AD, the sawmill is considered the earliest known machine to combine a crank with a connecting rod, although neither clear ancient scripts nor engineering drawings were yet found to support this theory.
  • Sawmill – Wikipedia
    A sawmill or lumber mill is a facility where logs are cut into lumber. Before the invention of the sawmill, boards were made in various manual ways, either rived (split) and planed, hewn, or more often hand sawn by two men with a whipsaw, one above and another in a saw pit below.
  • Roman Mills (Article) – Ancient History Encyclopedia
    The Romans constructed mills for use in agriculture, mining and construction. Around the 3rd century BCE, the first mills were used to grind grain.
  • 23 – Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science
    Showing a picture of the Villard saw (ill. 1) he described it as the earliest drawing we had of a semi-automatic tool (alluding to the feed back mechanism which advanced the timber to the blade) but not the earliest known such saw, one being recorded at Evreux in 1204.
  • Ancient Roman Industrial Watermills – YouTube

Stadium with a retractable roof constructed in Canada

The Skydome (Now called Rogers Centre) was the first stadium with a retractable roof, located in the downtown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, home to the Toronto Blue Jays and right next door to the CN Tower. Continue reading

Arawakan Indians presented to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were shown inhabitants from the new world, they were seven bewildered Taino islanders, Arawakan Indians from Hispaniola. These New world natives were forcibly taken to the Old World by Christopher Columbus to Spain aboard the Niiia and the Pinta. Upon arriving back in Spain on March 15, 1493, the Taino were taken to the Royal Palace in Barcelona.

Date:
      March 15, 1493
Name(s):
      Christopher Columbus
Occupation:
      Captain,
      Explorer
Location:
      Spain


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The First Artificial Insemination Centre for Horses

Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov would collect semen from a stallion (male horse) when it mounted a fake mare (fake female horse). One a sample was collected, it would be diluted and stored. When needed the diluted sample would be inserted in to the genital track of a real mare.

Date: 1901
Name(s): Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov
Occupation: Biologist
Location: Russia


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William Howard Russell

Sir William Howard Russell, CVO (28 March 1820, Tallaght, County Dublin, Ireland – 11 February 1907, London, England) was an Irish reporter with The Times, and is considered to have been one of the first modern war correspondents. Continue reading

John Bardeen, first person to receive Nobel Prize in Physics Twice

First person to be presented Twice with the Nobel Prize in Physics was in 1972 (first time was in 1956)
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First Pugwash Conference held in Canada

Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, an international conference of Atomic Scientists was first held at the estate of the American Philanthropist by the name of Cyrus Eaton, located in the village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada. Continue reading