Days of Yore

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10 Years Ago

Gegenschein 76 reported of Swancon in Perth, Easter weekend, 1996: "The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth, a debate that finally turned upon whether the geeks would inherit, or merely take." I think we all know the answer by now.

100 Years Ago

The first known animated cartoon-- actually a mixture of animation and live action-- Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, was copyrighted by the Vitagraph company. The director and animator was J. Stuart Blackton, a newspaper cartoonist. It's available for download at

1000 Years Ago

The brightest stellar event in recorded human history occurred on April 30th or May 1st, 1006 (Julian) when light from a type 1a supernova in the constellation Lupus reached Earth. It.s estimated to have reached a magnitude of -7.5, making it visible even in daytime for several months. Today the supernova is designated SN 1006 and is visible only by telescope.

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