The ambitious Google plan to digitize 100,000 historic texts in Belgium

In September, a fleet of secure vehicles will come to a 17th-century building in Antwerp, Belgium, to receive a heavily protected cargo, and then escape with the goods to a confidential location and not revealed. The booty? Five thousand rare, centuries-old books, on their way to a real 21st-century treatment! Recently, the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and the Plantin-Moretus Museum, both in Antwerp, announced a partnership with Google Books aimed at digitizing more than 100,000 historic works over the next three years. For Google, this is the third initiative of…

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Louis Réard and the birth of the Bikini

Millions of men would come to be grateful that Frenchman Louis Réard, a car mechanic, had an unlikely sideline in the 1940s: he also looked after his mother’s lingerie boutique in Paris. And from there he created the bikini, which was unveiled on this day, July 5, 1946! European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halter top and shorts in the 1930s, but only a sliver of the midriff was revealed and the navel was vigilantly covered. In the United States, the two-piece made its…

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#TodayInHistory – July 5

July 5 – Some important events on this day. 1166 👉🏼 Austrian town of Bad Kleinkirchheim is first mentioned, in an ecclesiastical document 🇦🇹 1643 👉🏼 1st recorded tornado in US (Essex County, Massachusetts) 🌪 1687 👉🏼 Isaac Newton’s great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation. 1791 👉🏼 Jose Maria Narvaez discovers Point Grey (now Vancouver, British Columbia) 1811👉🏼 Venezuelan Declaration of Independence: 7 provinces declare themselves independent of Spain. On this day, representatives of the Venezuelan provinces met and…

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