By using MPEG audio coding, MP3s shrink down the original sound data from a CD by a factor of 12, without losing sound quality.
Mount Everest had long been considered unclimbable by some and the ultimate climbing challenge by others.
The Great Train Robbery’s popularity led directly to the opening up of permanent movie theaters and the possibility of a future film industry.
The form of the modern classical guitar is credited to Spanish guitar maker Antonio Torres circa 1850. Torres increased the size of the guitar body, altered its proportions, and invented the “fan” top bracing pattern.
The codification of soccer began in the public schools of Britain at the beginning of the 19th century. Within the private school system “football” was a game in which the hands were used during periods of play and grappling allowed, but otherwise, the modern shape of soccer was being formed.
The firm of Boulton and Watt became famous and Watt lived until August 19, 1819, long enough to see his steam engine become the greatest single factor in the upcoming new industrial era.
Robert Hooke was a 17th century “natural philosopher” — an early scientist — noted for a variety of observations of the natural world.
San Marino’s constitution is the world’s oldest, having been first written in the year 1600.
That accord formed the basis of what was to become the Aztec Empire that ruled Central Mexico and eventually most of Mesoamerica when the Spanish arrived at the very end of the Postclassic period.
It wasn’t until 1374, however, that the Koryo kingdom managed to unify almost all of what is now North and South Korea under its rule.