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When Did it Happen?

March 7, 2011

 And now a few ‘When Did It Happen?’ bits of historical trivia.

          Suzi 

When did women start wearing diamonds?

During the middle ages, only men wore diamonds, as a symbol of their courage and virility. However, since 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, diamonds have been the gem of choice for men who wanted to melt a woman’s heart.

When was absinthe most popular?

Absinthe originated in Switzerland as an elixir, but is better known for its popularity in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers whose romantic associations with the drink still linger in popular culture. In its heyday, the most popular brand of absinthe worldwide was Pernod Fils.

When was helium first speculated?

During an eclipse of the sun in 1868, spectral lines were located that were attributed to an unknown element that was called “helium,” from the Greek word for “sun.” Thirty years later, helium was discovered on Earth.

When did the first ‘ace’ come about?

The term “ace” was first used during World War I for a pilot who had brought down at least five enemy aircraft. The German equivalent was Oberkanone, which meant “top gun.”

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