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Contents Of The Voyager Golden Record

Forty years ago this week, NASA launched Voyager 2, which carries a gold-plated record featuring pictures and sounds from Earth as well as scientific information, all of which was carefully compiled in anticipation of a possible extraterrestrial encounter. Here are the contents of the record:

Notable Female Writers Throughout History

Jane Austen died 200 years ago today, but she continues to be widely read and influential to today’s writers. The Onion highlights some of the most notable female authors throughout history.

20 Years Of Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling published ‘Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone’ on June 26th, 1997, and it instantly became a cultural touchstone. The Onion looks back at the most important moments in the 20-year history of the Harry Potter franchise.

Innovations In Public Transportation

The Chicago “L” began operating 125 years ago today and became the nation’s first rapid transit system. The Onion looks back on some of the most important innovations in the history of public transportation.

A Timeline Of The Watergate Scandal

With the White House mired in controversy, comparisons to Washington’s most famous scandal have been common, if not always accurate. Forty-five years after the events leading to Nixon’s resignation, The Onion presents a detailed timeline of the Watergate scandal.

A Timeline Of Aviation History

This Saturday marks 90 years since aviator Charles Lindbergh made his historic first nonstop solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris aboard the Spirit Of St. Louis. The Onion takes a look back at the most important milestones in the history of aviation.

A Timeline Of Abraham Lincoln’s Life

Every February, people across the the nation celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, widely considered to be one of America’s finest presidents. The Onion provides a timeline of the key moments in President Lincoln’s life:

A Timeline Of Valentine’s Day History

Every February, people across the world engage in romantic traditions with their loved ones in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The Onion provides a timeline of the holiday’s inception and evolution:

Historians Piece Together Carnival East India Company’s First Cruise In 1605

LONDON—Working from recently discovered ships’ logs and archaeological findings, a team of historians announced Monday they had pieced together a detailed account of the Carnival East India Company’s maiden cruise—the very first seafaring journey to the Far East dedicated solely to the enjoyment and entertainment of its passengers.
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The Life Of Diana, Princess Of Wales

Today marks 20 years since the funeral of Princess Diana, known to many as the “people’s princess.” The Onion looks back at the life of Princess Diana before it was cut tragically short.

  • July 1, 1961

    Diana Frances Spencer is born into an average aristocratic family and grows up dreaming of one day marrying a handsome distant cousin

  • August 2, 1979

    Diana becomes smitten with Prince Charles after watching him ably plunge the African nation of Rhodesia into post-colonial civil war

  • February 3, 1981

    An ecstatic Diana wins BBC Radio 1’s Marry A Prince phone-in contest

  • July 29, 1981

    Diana weds Prince Charles, inspiring wealthy women across the globe to believe that they too could someday become even wealthier

  • June 21, 1982

    Diana gives birth to Prince William, who is third in line for dragging this whole thing out

  • Sept 15, 1984

    Diana gives birth to her hottest son

  • November 20, 1995

    Diana confesses that she cheated on Charles with the people of the British Empire, whom she adores

  • July 1996

    Like everyone else that summer, Diana is swept up by the “Macarena” dance craze

  • August 28, 1996

    Diana and Charles divorce, further fueling rumors that the royal relationship is on the rocks

  • January 7, 1997

    Turning her attention to humanitarian work, Diana clears a 10-acre minefield in war-torn Uganda

  • August 31, 1997

    British tabloids publish a scandalous exposé alleging that Diana has been killed in a car crash

  • 2017

    The spirit of Princess Diana lives on in thousands of now worthless Beanie Babies around the world

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