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In 1894, a French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, proposed a revival of the ancient tradition, and thus the modern-day Olympic Summer Games were born.


In 1876, Sir Henery Wickham transported 70 000 Rubber tree seeds from Brazil to Kew Gardens in London.


The earliest cockroach fossils are about 280 million years old.


India (413-5) beat Bermuda (156) on March 19, 2007, its Highest Margins of Victory by 257 runs in World Cup Cricket History.


An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 workers built the Pyramids at Giza over a period of 80 years.


The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.


The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.


Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games & United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.


The first coast-to-coast telephone line was established in 1914.


The ancient Egyptians were the first to tame the cat (in about 3000 BC), and used them to control pests.


The first mass-produced toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, around 1780.


On October 2002, Bill Clinton was given an honorary induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, becoming the first white person in the hall.


Black-eyed peas brought to the West Indies from West Africa by slaves, by earliest records in 1674.


In the year 1935 the United States Congress announced the first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. It was initially declared a holiday in honor of friends.


The first commercial transatlantic telephone call was between New York City and London and occurred on January 7, 1927.


The fastest 'regular' wind that's widely agreed upon was 231 mph (372 kph), recorded at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, on April 12, 1934.


In 1783 an Icelandic eruption threw up enough dust to temporarily block out the sun over Europe.


The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.


A 1960 Chilean earthquake was the strongest earthquake in recent times, which occurred off the coast, had a magnitude of 9.6 and broke a fault more than 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) long.


The largest recorded snowflake was 15in wide and 8in thick. It fell in Montana in 1887.

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