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World’s Outer Space Treaty Came 55 Years Ago

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First and largest nuclear detonation in space played a role

An aerial view of the aurora created by the Starfish Prime nuclear test (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
The Telstar I communications satellite (Wikimedia Commons)
The Starfish Prime aurora seen from Honolulu (Wikimedia Commons)

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How Winter Olympics Have Dealt With Snow Shortages

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There are two essentials for staging a Winter Olympics—snow and ice. Old Man Winter can be fickle, however, and mild temperatures and a lack of snow have threatened to derail the Winter Games multiple times, particularly before the advent of climate-controlled arenas and artificial snow.

Weather challenges at the Winter Olympics have a history nearly as old as the sporting spectacle itself. 

1928 St. Moritz Olympics

On Valentine’s Day in 1928, a freak blast of summer-like heat that could have melted a box of chocolates—let alone snow—struck St. Moritz, Switzerland, and wreaked havoc with the second Winter Games.

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Queen Elizabeth II: 14 Key Moments in Her Reign

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Queen Elizabeth II is such an institution that it’s easy to forget she wasn’t supposed to have become queen at all.

Born in 1926, Elizabeth was the daughter of King George V’s second son, and had little expectation of succeeding to the throne until her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 to marry the divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. After the death of her father, King George VI, 25-year-old Elizabeth was called upon to assume the throne, beginning a momentous reign. On February 6, 2022, the United Kingdom kicked off celebrations for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee—marking 70 years of her service to the British Commonwealth.  

On October 21, 1966, an avalanche of mud, water and debris from a coal mine buried an elementary school in the South Wales village of Aberfan, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Though Prince Philip arrived in Aberfan a day after the disaster, the queen herself delayed her visit for over a week, fearing her presence would distract from rescue and recovery efforts. Some of those close to Elizabeth—including her former private secretary, Lord Charteris—have said she regrets the decision not to visit Aberfan sooner.

READ MORE: How the 1966 Aberfan Mine Disaster Became Elizabeth II’s Biggest Regret

First ‘Walkabout’ – 1970

During a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand with Philip and Princess Anne in 1970, Elizabeth bucked centuries of royal tradition when she took a casual stroll to greet crowds of people in person, rather than wave to them from a protected distance. Now a regular practice for British royals both abroad and at home, the first “walkabout” in Sydney was proposed by Sir William Heseltine, an Australian who served as the queen’s private secretary and was the driving force behind a 1969 TV documentary featuring the royal family, which attracted a global audience of some 40 million people.

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