Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt is considered by many to be the 'inventor of radar'. Radar

development was first started elsewhere, but Watson-Watt worked on some of the first workable radar

systems, turning the theory into one of the most important war-winning weapons.

The predecessor of Columbia Pictures, Cohn-Brandt-Cohn Film Sales, was founded in 1919 by Harry

Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, and Joe Brandt.

The Chrysler Building was designed by architect William Van Alen to house the Chrysler Corporation. It

was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in

1931. However, the Chrysler Building remains the world's tallest brick building.

Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who leased the space from Columbia

University in 1928 and developed it from 1930. Rockefeller initially planned a syndicate to build an opera

house for the Metropolitan Opera on the site, but changed his mind after the stock market crash of 1929

and the withdrawal of the Metropolitan from the project. The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is the 70-floor

266 metre high GE Building—formerly known as the RCA Building. The building was renamed in the 1980s

after General Electric (GE) re-acquired RCA, which it helped found in 1919.

The Empire State Building was financed primarily by Pierre S. du Pont.

De La Rue is the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker, involved in the production of

over 150 national currencies and a wide range of security documents such as passports, authentication

labels and fiscal stamps.

De La Rue plc is a British security printing, papermaking and cash-handling systems company

headquartered in Hampshire.

The Company was founded by Thomas de la Rue who set up in business as a

stationer and printer in London in 1821. In 1831 his business secured a Royal Warrant

to produce playing cards, in 1855 it started printing postage stamps and in 1860 it

began printing banknotes. In 2003 the Company acquired the banknote printing

operations of the Bank of England.

Bayer registered Aspirin as a trademark in 1899. However, the German company lost the right to use the

trademark in many countries as the Allies seized and resold its foreign assets after World War I. The right to

use 'Aspirin' in the United States (along with all other Bayer trademarks) was purchased from the U.S.

government by Sterling Drug in 1918

The Prince of Wales Bhumi Vardaan Foundation, with Prince Charles as its chief patron, began

manufacturing organic tea bags in India.

Coca-Cola and L'Oreal are teaming up to create a nutraceutical beverage called Lumaé, a tea-based

ready-to-drink beverage that will contain ingredients that can help women care for their skin.

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