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Alexander Graham Bell born (1847)
Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  In the 1871, Bell moved to Boston to teach at the Pemberton Avenue School for the Deaf.  He patented the first practical telephone on February 14, 1876 and then demonstrated it at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.   He was one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society.

Robert Hooke died (1703)
Robert Hooke (1635 – 1703) was a British philosopher, architect, and inventor.  He was a contemporary of Sir Isaac Newton and is credited with the invention of the compound microscope, the universal “Hookes” joint in motor vehicles, and the spring control of the balance wheel in watches.  He is credited with first using the term “cell.”  He is also know for Hooke’s law in physics which describes the extension of a spring as being proportional to the weight hanging from it.

World Book Day
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago.

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