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27 June

First woman to complete round-the-world bike ride in 1894

Annie Londonberry

On June 27 1894 Annie Londonderry set off on a round-the-world trip on her bicycle. She was competing in the trip to win a $10,000 wager, which would be approximately $350,000 in 2022.

Londonberry completed the trip in just under 15 months, setting off from Boston, Massachusetts, and making her way across America. She took a boat to France, and travelled to different places, including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nagasaki and Kobe. It is speculated that she took her bike on the trip, and made use of public transport, however, she was a 24 year-old mother of three who took on a daring trip for a woman in the late 19th century.

June 28

Stephen Hawking hosts party for time-travellers in 2009

Stephen Hawking hosts a party for ‘time-travellers’ at Cambridge University. To make sure only authentic time-travellers turned up, he sent the invites after the party took place. No one turned up. After the ‘event’ took place, Hawking said, “I have experimental evidence that time travel is not possible.”

June 29

One of the first solar eclipses ever recorded

A solar eclipse was recorded on June 29, 512 AD by an Irish monk. NASA even mapped out this solar event, click here to see it.

June 30

Youngest chess grandmaster in 2021

American Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest chess grandmaster ever at 12 years and 4 months.

July 1

First Walkmans sold in 1979

The first Walkmans were released on July 1st 1979. The device was the first portable music player, and worked by using a cassette tape. The Walkman was made by Sony and first released in Japan and sold for $150.

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