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    Sputnik 1 : First Satellite in Space  
Sputnik 1 or Elementary Satellite-1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptica...
 
    Ai Weiwei, Chinese Artist  
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic...
 
    Osama bin Laden, Leader al-Qaeda  
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of the al-Qaeda organization, responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. He was also a...
 
    Nasa, National Aeronautics and Space Act  
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency that is responsible for the civilian space program as well as for aeronautics and aerospace research. President Dwight D. Eisenhower establis...
 
    Vertigo, Hitchcock  
Although it wasn't a box-office success when originally released in 1958, Vertigo has since taken its deserved place as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest, most spellbinding, most deeply personal achievement. In fact, it consistently ranks among t...
 
    Tim Burton, Director  
Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Befor...
 
    Erasmus Prize, Praemium Erasmianum  
On 23 June 1958, His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands founded the Praemium Erasmianum. The aim of the organisation, as described in article 2 of its constitution, is to enhance the position of the humanities, the social sci...
 
    Nick Park, Director/Animator  
Nicholas Wulstan "Nick" Park, is an English filmmaker of stop motion animation best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Park has been nominated for an Academy Award a total of six times, and won four with Creatur...
 
    Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist  
Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Born in Dublin, Ireland. Doyle's work is rooted in his experience as a schoolteacher in working-class Dublin. International recognition came when his second novel, The Commitments (...
 
    The Hollywood Walk of Fame  
The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent pu...
 
    Michael Jackson, King of Pop  
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson's contrib...
 
    DNA Code Cracked, Watson and Crick  
James Watson & Francis Crick - It took an ex-physicist and a former ornithology student - along with some unwitting help from a competitor - to crack the secret of life. On Feb. 28, 1953, Francis Crick walked into the Eagle pub in Cambridge...
 
    Tibetan uprising, 14th Dalai Lama's Flight  
The 1959 Tibetan uprising, or 1959 Tibetan Rebellion began on 10 March 1959, when a revolt erupted in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, which had been under the effective control of the Communist Party of China since the Seventeen Point Agreemen...
 
    Lomonosov Gold Medal  
The Lomonosov Gold Medal, named after Russian scientist and polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, is awarded each year since 1959 for outstanding achievements in the natural sciences and the humanities by the USSR Academy of Sciences and later the Ru...
 
    Psycho, Hitchcock  
Psycho is probably the most "cinematic" and arguably the best of Alfred Hitchcock's American films. Even today, thirty-seven years after its initial release, the film is still powerful, unsettling stuff. It's distinctly different from Hitch...
 
       
 
         
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