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1841 – First wagon train arrives in California

1862 – Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun (Indianapolis)

1879 – Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus

1922 – Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the USA

2012 – Kimi Raikkonen wins Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012Today in History

Our celebrant for today

Birth nameInnocent Ujah Idibia
Also known asTu-baba (or 2baba)
Born 18 September 1975 (age 39)
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
Contemporary R&B hip hop Reggae Afrobeat
Singer songwriter record producer entrepreneur
vocals lead vocals
Years active1994–present

On the 21st of October 2004 2baba Released the song African Queen.

Dec 5th, Events in History

1456: Earthquake strikes Naples; 35,000 die

1792: G. Washington re-elected as US president

1908: 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)

1950: Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India

1960: Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium

1980: Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum opens

2005: Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes major damage, mostly in the D.R Congo

Dec 5th, *bday* Birthdays

1894 – Charles Robberts, The 1st State President of South Africa

1898 – Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India & Pakistan

1947 – Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician

1965 – Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician

1966 – Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)

1979 – Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer

1988 – Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air)

Dec 5th, Events in History

1349: 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots

1840: Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

1360: The French Franc is created

1879: 1st automatic telephone switching system patented

1892: Sir John Thompson becomes the 4th PM of Canada

2008: OJ Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

Dec 5th, Events in History

1993: Rafael Caldera elected president of Venezuela

1977: Egypt breaks dipl relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & S Yemen

1957: President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people

1932: German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter USA

1928: England defeats Australia by record 675 runs

1893: 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges

A mobster’s daughter wants to talk to teens about guns. A young reporter finds out why

TED Blog

Journalist Jennifer Mascia is interviewed by 11th grade youth reporter, Olivia Shaw. Journalist Jennifer Mascia (left) wrote “The Gun Report” for The New York Times. Here, she is interviewed by 11th grade youth reporter, Olivia Shaw (right).

Jennifer Mascia reports on gun violence in America. For more than a year, at The New York Times, she and Joe Nocera wrote “The Gun Report,” a daily series telling the stories of people killed by gunfire in the US. The series was personal for her; one of the people she wrote about was a friend, Ali Eskandarian. But it turns out the subject hits even closer to home: Mascia’s own father was convicted of murder. She writes about discovering this disturbing information in her memoir, Never Tell Our Business to Strangers.

Olivia Shaw, an 11th-grade reporter, read Mascia’s memoir and asked for the chance to interview her in the week before TEDYouth. Below, an edited transcript of their conversation.

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7 StoryCorps stories that Dave Isay just can’t get out of his head

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StoryCorps-3-up StoryCorps brings together individuals for in-depth interviews. Some of Dave Isay’s favorite pairings: (from left) Kirk and Ryan Sharp, a father and his veteran son; Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel, a mother and the man who murdered her child; Lyle Link and Carly Dreher, grandfather and granddaughter. Photo: StoryCorps

By Dave Isay

I can’t tell you how completely shocked I am to win the TED Prize. For those of you who haven’t heard of StoryCorps, it’s a Brooklyn-based nonprofit I founded 11 years ago that, so far, has given 100,000 Americans the chance to record audio interviews about their lives. Participating in StoryCorps couldn’t be easier: you invite a loved one (or, really, anyone you choose) to a StoryCorps recording site. A trained facilitator greets you and explains the interview process. You’re then brought into a quiet recording room and seated across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits “record,”…

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