May 20, 1775 – Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina … Wikipedia – "The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is claimed by some to be the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. It was supposedly signed on May 20, 1775, at Charlotte, North Carolina, by a committee of citizens of Mecklenburg County, who declared independence from Great Britain after hearing of the battle of Lexington. If the story is true, the Mecklenburg Declaration preceded the United States Declaration of Independence by more than a year. The authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration has been disputed since it was first published in 1819, forty-four years after it was reputedly written. There is no conclusive evidence to confirm the original document's existence, and no reference to it has been found in extant newspapers from 1775.
The flag of North Carolina bears the date of the Mecklenburg Declaration: May 20, 1775.
Many professional historians have maintained that the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is an inaccurate rendering of an authentic document known as the Mecklenburg Resolves. The Mecklenburg Resolves were a set of radical resolutions passed on May 31, 1775, that fell short of an actual declaration of independence. Although published in newspapers in 1775, the text of the Mecklenburg Resolves was lost after the American Revolution and not rediscovered until 1838. Historians believe that the Mecklenburg Declaration was written in 1800 in an attempt to recreate the Mecklenburg Resolves from memory. According to this theory, the author of the Mecklenburg Declaration mistakenly believed that the Resolves had been a declaration of independence, and so he recreated the Resolves with language borrowed from the United States Declaration of Independence. Defenders of the Mecklenburg Declaration have argued that both the Mecklenburg Declaration and the Mecklenburg Resolves are authentic.
The early government of North Carolina, convinced that the Mecklenburg Declaration was genuine, maintained that North Carolinians were the first Americans to declare independence from Great Britain. As a result, both the seal and the flag of North Carolina bear the date of the declaration. A holiday commemorating the Mecklenburg Declaration, "Meck Dec Day", is celebrated on May 20 in North Carolina, although it is no longer an official holiday and does not attract the attention that it once did. …" more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecklenburg_Declaration_of_Independence
May 20, 1570 – Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas … Wikipedia – ""Theatre of the World") is considered to be the first true modern atlas. Written by Abraham Ortelius and originally printed on May 20, 1570, in Antwerp, it consisted of a collection of uniform map sheets and sustaining text bound to form a book for which copper printing plates were specifically engraved. The Ortelius atlas is sometimes referred to as the summary of sixteenth-century cartography. …" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatrum_Orbis_Terrarum
The discovery that could rewrite Australian history: Ancient copper coins suggest the country was found SIX CENTURIES before Captain Cook arrived … Mail Online UK – "Five copper coins found in northern Australia could rewrite the country's history.
The coins are thought to date back as early as the 900s and are believed to have originated in Africa.
Written history of Australia only dates back to 1606, when Dutch explorers landed in the region, and researchers from Indiana University want to find out how the thousand-year-old copper coins ended up on the other side of the Indian Ocean six centuries earlier. …"
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2327362/Coins-suggest-Australia-discovered-SIX-CENTURIES-Captain-Cook-arrived-island.html
Is our universe merely one of billions? Evidence of the existence of 'multiverse' revealed for the first time by cosmic map … Mail Online – "The first 'hard evidence' that other universes exist has been found by scientists.
Cosmologists studying a map of the universe from data gathered by the Planck spacecraft have concluded that it shows anomalies that can only have been caused by the gravitational pull of other universes.
The map shows radiation from the Big Bang 13.8billion years ago that is still detectable in the universe – known as cosmic microwave radiation. …"
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2326869/Is-universe-merely-billions-Evidence-existence-multiverse-revealed-time-cosmic-map.html
Teenager invents revolutionary device which has the potential to charge a cell phone within just 20 SECONDS … Mail Online UK – "A California teen has attracted the attention of tech giants Google for her potentially revolutionary invention which charges a phone in 20 seconds flat.
The super-fast charging device has been dubbed a supercapacitor by 18-year-old Esha Khare, of Saratoga – as she took home $50,000 from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which took place in Phoenix this week.
The device will make waiting hours for a phone to charge a thing of the past and the gizmo packs more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries and holds the charge for longer.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327021/Teenager-invents-revolutionary-device-charges-cell-phone-20-seconds.html
Crossing the world's most terrifying terrain… in a giant red bus: Eight intrepid explorers become first people to DRIVE from Russia to Canada across the North Pole … Mail Online UK – "A group of intrepid explorers have made history by driving from Russia to Canada across the North Pole.
The group of eight travelled more than 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometres) in 70 days in specially created buses across one of the most forbidding parts of the planet.
The Polar Ring team used vehicles with overinflated tyres that allow for travel over the snowdrifts and dangerous ice.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327494/Crossing-worlds-terrifying-terrain–giant-red-bus-Eight-intrepid-explorers-people-DRIVE-Russia-Canada-North-Pole.html
ICE CREAM SANDWICHES FOR ALL OF US!!!! … You go, G+!!!
Go ahead, take two. There's plenty.
YOKOHAMA CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM … Twisted Sifter – "In this stunning photograph by Agustin Rafael Reyes, we see cherry blossoms in bloom in the Tszuki Ward of Yokohama, Japan.
In Japan, the traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers in bloom is known as Hanami. In most cases it refers to cherry blossoms (“sakura”) and sometimes plum blossoms (“ume”) …" http://bit.ly/18YKA3q
Four cups of cute, please … Dark Roasted Blend – "Latte, Capuchino, Caramel Macchiato & Espresso… guinea pig babies"
Colorful Danxia Landforms of China … Amusing Planet – "The Danxia landform is a unique type of “petrographic geomorphology” found in China, characterized by strips of red sedimentary rock in steep cliffs. According to Wikipedia, “the landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called "pseudo-karst" landforms.” A very peculiar feature of danxia landscape is the development of numerous caves of various sizes and shapes. The caves tend to be shallow and isolated, unlike true karst terrain where caves tend to form deep, interconnecting networks.
The word “Danxia” actually comes from Mount Danxia, located in Renhua County of Guangdong Province, where the most famous examples of the Danxia landform is seen. Over the past 70 years, geologists and geographers have identified over 700 Danxia landforms in China, mostly in southeast and southwest China. …"