It’s Not Alchemy

What temperature and pressure is needed to convert graphite into a diamond?

New York Law School

In 1894, the same year bottled Cola-Cola hit the marketplace and motion picture film was granted a patent, the Evening Division of New York Law School was founded. New York Law School was first established in June of 1891 by a group of faculty and students of Columbia Law School who had a disagreement with the school over teaching methods and decided to found their own law school. New York Law School held its first classes on October 1, 1891, in the Equitable Building in Lower Manhattan (NYC). By 1892, after only a year in operation, it was the second largest law school in the United States and by 1904 had became the largest law school in the United States.


In 1894, bottled Cola-Cola first hit the marketplace and a patent for motion picture films was granted. What else is notable about that year?

Up Before Sunrise, Gone Before Sunset

It takes light from the sun a little over 8 minutes to reach the earth. That means the sun has actually risen at least 8 minutes before we can see it and has set 8 minutes before we no longer can see the sunlight.
Aside from the sun, the closest stars to Earth are three stars in the Alpha Centauri system. Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B are the main stars, but the third and closest to Earth is Proxima Centauri. It takes light from Proxima Centauri a little over 4.2 years to reach the Earth (Light from the other two main stars take about 4.3 years).

Like Father, Like Son . . Sadly

The first person killed during the course of building Hoover Dam was J.G. Tierney. Mr. Tierney drowned on December 20, 1922, while surveying in the waters of the Colorado River. Exactly 13 years later, on December 20, 1935, the last man who died was Patrick Tierney, his son. The younger Tierney fell off an intake tower shortly before construction of the dam was completed.

Building the Hoover Dam

112 souls lost their lives in the process of building Hoover Dam. An eerie and sad family tragedy surrounds the story of this monumental construction project. What is it?

Struck By Tornadoes, Not Lightning

On May 20, 1916, the town of Codell, Kansas, was struck for the first time by a tornado. It was struck again on May 20, 1917 one year later and yet again the next year on May 20, 1918. To this day it has never again been hit by a tornado.

Through the Looking Glass

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, using the pen name Lewis Carroll, wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which was banned in China.