Monthly Archives: December 2012

Henri Matisse in the Rush of Colors

Henri Matisse in the Rush of Colors

Henri Matisse(1869 – 1954) On December 31, 1869, Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse, French draughtsman, sculptor and writer artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship, was born. Henri Matisse grew up in a wealthy merchant family in France and began his law studies in Paris in 1887.…
The Assassination of Thomas Becket

The Assassination of Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket (1120-1170 AD), stained glass window at Canterbury Cathedral On December 29, 1170 AD, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church, was assassinated by followers of the King in Canterbury Cathedral. The very last…
The Birth of the Transistor

The Birth of the Transistor

John Bardeen, William Shockley and Walter Brattain, the inventors of the transistor, 1948 On December 22, 1947, John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley at ATT‘s Bell Labs developed the first transistor, the key active component in practically all modern electronics. The transistor is a three terminal, solid state electronic…
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