Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Electronic War, 1943-1945

Alan Turing, a British cryptographer, was initially famous for breaking the German's ENIGMA cipher during WWII. Then, allies discovered that the German's created a second, more-than-top-secret, and much more difficult cipher called "The Fish." Thus, in 1943 Turing and associates invented Colossus, one of the world's earliest working programmable electronic digital computers.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

43 AD

The Roman conquest of Britain begins with the Battle of Medway.
The Romans defeat Britons led by Caratacus
The Romans found the cities of London, then known as Londinium, and Peterborough.
The Romans begin to construct a road that later becomes Ermine Street.
In Coptic Christianity, Mark the Evangelist becomes the first Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria.
Roman emperor Claudius is also a Roman Consul for a second year.
Pomponius Mela, Roman geographer, writes De situ orbis libri (probable date).
Warfare begins between the northern and southern Huns.
The warrior Trung Sisters commit suicide after their resistance is defeated at Nam Viet in Vietnam.
Martial, Roman poet, was born.
Togodumnus, King of the Catuvellauni, died.

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