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Thomas Alva Edison. The wizard of Menlo park

Category: Famous people

In 1877, an American, Thomas Alva Edison, made a recording on a little machine which he had invented, and played it back to himself. Although he knew that he would hear them, he was astonished just the same when his own words were spoken back to him. It was a historic moment, so you may […]



Orville and Wilbur Wright. From glider to flying machine

Category: Famous people

“Success. Four flights Thursday morning. All against wind with engine power alone. Aver­age speed through air thirty-one miles. Longest flight fifty-nine seconds…” Such was the triumphant telegram Orville and Wilbur Wright sent to their father in December 1903, when their machine took to the air. How easily a bird flies from one tree to another! […]



Robert Owen

Category: Famous people

The Early Period of Owen’s Activities Robert Owen was born at Newtown, a small town in cent­ral Wales, on May 14, 1771. At the end of the 18th century Newtown was a quiet little place of one thousand inhabitants with a single business street across the town. Robert’s father, an ironmonger, was poor, and Robert […]



Alexander Mackenzie. Through the rockies to the Pacific

Category: Famous people

Alexander Mackenzie was a man who did much to explore Canada from sea to sea during the early part of the 19th cen­tury. One of that country’s great­est rivers, the Mackenzie, was named after him. Alex, as he was called by his friends, was born in 1764 in a small stone-built house near the sea […]



John Franklin. The explorer of the north-west passage

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John Franklin was born on April 16, 1786; he was the ninth child in his family. The Franklins had once been rich, but John’s grandfather had left his widow practically without money and John’s father, to support himself, was apprenticed to a small shop in Lincoln, where later he started his own business. John’s parents […]



Ferdinand Magellan. The first round the World trip in history

Category: Famous people

Ferdinand Magellan, who gave its name to the Pacific Ocean and whose ship was the first to sail round the world, did not see the sea, and perhaps could not even swim, until he was a young man. Unlike most great seamen, who spent their boyhood near the sea and watched ships come and go […]



Brief notes about Russian explorers of the sea

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Sea voyages in the South A number of sea voyages were made by the ancestors of the Eastern Slavs as far back as the 6th and 7th centuries of our era. In 626 the Scythians reached Constantinople by sailing along the western coast of the Black Sea. Russian seamanship in those early days was not […]



Great russian revolutionary democrats

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Robert Owen and other utopian socialists dreamed about a just social system. Great contribution to the fur­ther development of revolutionary the­ory was made later by great Russian revolutionary democrats: V. G. Belinsky (1811—1848), A. T. Hertzen (1812—1870), N. G. Chernyshevsky (1828— 1889) and N. A. Dobrolyubov (1836—1860). Here are some brief notes about them.