125 years ago today, on March 31, 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel climbed the 1,710 steps of the Eiffel Tower to unfurl the French tricolor, officially marking the completion of his crowning achievement.
Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web! With these NBC News archive clips from 1994 and 1995, we go back to when the World Wide Web and Internet were mere mysteries. See what Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Brokaw – and Bill Gates – had to say so many years ago.
Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres just wanted a little selfie with some of her friends in the audience on Sunday night. She ended up cramming some of the biggest stars in Hollywood into one shot — and breaking Twitter in the process.
In 1989, Bart Simpson made his television debut, Danielle Radcliffe was born and Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed an “information management” system that would allow people to access pages hosted on computers across the globe.
Scientists using two different age-determining techniques have shown that a tiny zircon crystal found on a sheep ranch in western Australia is the oldest known piece of our planet, dating to 4.4 billion years ago.
The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. A lot has changed since then. Those 1924 Games weren’t even called Olympics - they were the ‘Winter Sports Week.’ And the Opening Ceremony was a low-tech affair compared to the complex theatricality that marks the modern Opening Ceremonies of today.
(Photo courtesy of the Tell Edfu Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute)
Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy lives on Monday with special events across the nation, from parades to church tributes to youth-led service projects on the federal holiday to remember the civil rights crusader.