India  
NewsR.in
> >

This Week in History: April 16th - April 22nd

One News Page Staff Monday, 16 April 2018
This Week in History: April 16th - April 22ndby 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

History is fascinating – and while we seem to be in the middle of what will likely be a historic few weeks for generations to look back on in history class, there’s plenty for us to be dipping into to see just how far we’ve come. Let’s take another look back at what happened, this week, decades and centuries ago – and who knows – there might be something you never knew about hidden along the way!

April 16th, 1900 – The US Introduces Books of Postage Stamps
Yes – believe it or not, the US has only been really using postage stamps in bulk for just over a century – and who’s to say quite what will happen to stamps in future? You can thank the US Post Office for this one, at least!

April 17rd, 1875 – Snooker Invented
Perhaps more interesting to play than to watch (but who am I to judge?) – the ball-potting game was first invented this week back in the 19th century by Sir Neville Chamberlain while in India – it’s a sport which, while yet to achieve Olympic status, is immensely popular and watched by millions at home and on location.

April 18th, 1902 – Criminal Fingerprinting Begins
You can thank the Danes for the art of spotting a criminal by their fingerprints – and while DNA research has long since helped to make crime-fighting tighter than ever before, we’re still dusting for prints some 116 years later.

April 19th, 2011 – Fidel Castro Resigns
After an incredible 45 years in charge of Cuba, Fidel Castro resigned from the country’s Communist Party following ill health 7 years ago this week. The former leader has since passed on – but he’d been in power long enough to see US presidents change hands again and again and again.

April 20th, 1611 – ‘Macbeth’ Debuts
Don’t mention The Scottish Play behind the curtain at a theatre – it’s immensely bad luck! The first-ever performance of William Shakespeare’s supposedly ‘cursed’ play took to the stage at the Globe Theatre in London 407 years ago this week. It’s still getting the crowds in to this day – with caution!

April 21st, 1956 – Elvis Hits #1
Legendary rock n’ roll hit maker Elvis Presley – widely regarded still as the most successful solo act in Western pop music – grabbed his first #1 hit this week in the US, as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ climbed its way to the top of the charts.

April 22nd, 1994 – The World’s Biggest Lollipop Created
Fancy giving this one a lick? Once again, we’re heading back to Denmark – not content with having spent this historical week offering us fingerprinting technology, but they’re also responsible for having created the world’s biggest lollipop ever made – if you’re interested, it weighed 3011 lbs – how many licks would it take to get to the center of that?!

Join us again for more trips through time next week!

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 
Credit: billboard.com - Published < > Embed
News video: Early Release! Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 April 21st 2018 Countdown | Official 

▶ Early Release! Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 April 21st 2018 Countdown | Official  02:14

Early Release! Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 April 21st 2018 Countdown | Official 

Recent related videos from verified sources

Gangnam Style Came Out WHEN!?!? [Video]Gangnam Style Came Out WHEN!?!? 05:32

Ah, those were the days. For this list, we’re scouring our memory banks and the history books to find five interesting stories that’ll make you say, “oh, yeah, that was a thing.” Be sure to..

Credit: WatchMojo - Affiliate - Published

France Braces For Fifth Weekend of Protests [Video]France Braces For Fifth Weekend of Protests 00:35

According to CNN, crowds of "yellow vest" protesters gathered on Saturday in Paris for a fifth consecutive weekend of demonstrations, despite concessions this week by French President Emmanuel Macron...

Credit: Wochit News - Published

Ireland’s RTÉ Mulls ‘Pop-Up’ Channels In VOD Upgrade, Mullen Says [Video]Ireland’s RTÉ Mulls ‘Pop-Up’ Channels In VOD Upgrade, Mullen Says 03:03

LONDON -- Ahead of the tenth anniversary of its online TV catch-up player, Irish public broadcaster RTÉ is planning to add new features it thinks could please both viewers and advertisers. RTÉ..

Credit: BeetTV - Affiliate - Published

'Shazam!' Director Trolls Fans Over Costume Change [Video]'Shazam!' Director Trolls Fans Over Costume Change 00:32

Comicbook.com reports Shazam! director David F. Sandberg trolled fans this week with Shazam's costume. A fan on Twitter asked if the hero's costume would change for the upcoming film, and Sandberg..

Credit: Wochit - Published

Kathie Lee Gifford Bids Farewell To Today Show [Video]Kathie Lee Gifford Bids Farewell To Today Show 00:38

Television icon Kathie Lee Gifford will bid farewell to NBC's "Today" show next April. "As we all know, Kathie Lee's plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after..

Credit: Wochit - Published

Auctioned 'Star Wars' Lightsaber Withdrawn Due To Authenticity Issue [Video]Auctioned 'Star Wars' Lightsaber Withdrawn Due To Authenticity Issue 00:32

Reuters reports an auction house in California withdrew a lightsaber for sale described as being used in the first “Star Wars” movie this week. Fans had concerns about the lightsaber's..

Credit: Wochit - Published

NASA Spacecraft Finds Water On Asteroid [Video]NASA Spacecraft Finds Water On Asteroid 00:32

CNN reports NASA's OSIRIS-REx, reached the asteroid Bennu only a week ago to collect samples. Details about the early solar system are already being discovered, including water within the clays on..

Credit: Wochit - Published

This Week in Chart History: Beyoncé's This Week in Chart History: Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" Reached No. 1 on Hot 100 | Billboard News 01:43

This Week in Chart History: Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" Reached No. 1 on Hot 100 | Billboard News

Credit: billboard.com - Published

You Might Like


Tweets about this


Other recent news in World

Co-founder CEO Vine HQ Trivia COLIN KROLL dead 'cocaine & heroin overdose' Manhattan apartment at 35Ministers supporting Theresa May downplay chance of second BREXIT vote
British children are facing CHRISTMAS without their mother after Home Office blunderColin Kroll, HQ TRIVIA and Vine app co-founder, dies in New York aged 34
•More original news reports from newsR
Environmentally friendly: newsR is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 newsR / One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest