February 03

This Day in History

1953

Cousteau publishes The Silent World

French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau publishes his most famous and lasting work, The Silent World, on this day. While in the French navy, he and engineer Émile Gagnan invented the Aqua-Lung, the … (more...)

1815

First Commercial Cheese Factory

On this day in 1815, the world’s first commercial cheese factory began operating in Switzerland, ushering in the mass industrialisation of one our most popular and ancient foods. With the introduction … (more...)

1637

Tulipomania Collapses

After a rapidly precipitous and uncontrollable surge in demand on this day in 1637, tulip mania collapsed. It was perhaps the first speculative bubble in history. It began in 1593, when Flemish … (more...)