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The first recorded sight­ing of the North­ern

Lights oc­curred in 1719 in New Eng­land. While one of na­ture’s most spec­tac­u­lar vis­ual phe­nom­ena in­spire awe in those who see them to­day, the lights ini­tially caused wit­nesses to panic—they feared that the lights sig­naled the begin­ning of Judg­ment Day!

Fin­nish video game com­pany Rovio launched a mo­bile gam­ing app called

An­gry Birds in 2009. The app has since been down­loaded more than three bil­lion times and in­spired cloth­ing, movies, toys and even amuse­ment parks in Fin­land and China! Dame Judi Dench was born in North York­shire, Eng­land, in 1934. The Academy Award win­ner be­gan act­ing at the age of five, when she played a snail in a school play. Hol­ly­wood book­mak­ers pre­dict she’ll be an Os­car con­tender again for her two re­cent films, Vic­to­ria and Ab­dul and Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press!

John Adams was elected the sec­ond pres­i­dent of the United States in 1796. The first pres­i­dent to live in the White House boasts sev­eral other firsts: He was our first vice pres­i­dent, creator of Amer­ica’s first march­ing band and the first pres­i­dent to have a son also elected pres­i­dent, John Quincy Adams!

Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, Dis­ney’s The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe hit the­aters in 2005. Trees that fight, fa­bled lan­guages and dar­ing res­cues by fly­ing crea­tures—the plot shares many sim­i­lar­i­ties to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. That’s be­cause the two were friends!

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