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Paris Gets Summer Olympics at Last
September 17, 2017
In 2024, the Summer Olympic Games will take place in Paris, the third time that city will have been host. When that happens, Paris will match London for the most times being a host. Paris was host in 1900 and 1924; London was host in 1908, 1948, and 2012. Paris had put in bids three times in the past 25 years: 1992, 2008, and 2012. The headline in France's main daily sports paper, L'Equipe, was ENFIN, which means "finally."

The New Crayon Color: It's Bluetiful'
September 17, 2017
It's a "bluetiful" day for crayon collectors, as Crayola has announced the name of its new color. The winning vote-getter in an online contest, Bluetiful will officially replace Dandelion soon in boxes of crayons. The company reported more than 90,000 votes overall. An initial list of names was pared to five; the other four were Blue Moon Bliss, Dreams Come Blue, Reach for the Stars, and Star Spangled Blue. Bluetiful is based on a newly created pigment, YinMn, discovered by scientists looking for materials to use in building electronics.

Toy Swords Found at Famed Roman Britain Fort
September 16, 2017
Toy swords are now among the finds at Vindolanda, a Roman-era fort just south of Hadrian's Wall in England. A group of archaeologists have renewed excavations at the site of the famed Vindolanda Tablets, first found in the 1970s. A report in July told of another find of letters like the ones already enshrined in the lore of archaeological finds that include the oldest-known handwriting in Latin by a woman. The swords were in adjacent rooms in the remains of the cavalry barracks. Both swords were made of iron. The pommel of one contains a polished stone. Also unearthed were arrowheads, combs, hairpins, shoes, and writing tablets.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY


New Zealand: First to Have Women Vote
American voters granted women the right to vote in 1920. By that time, women in New Zealand had been voting for 27 years. The New Zealand Parliament voted for women's suffrage on Sept. 19, 1893.

Kate Sheppard: Suffrage Pioneer
Kate Sheppard (right), the driving force behind New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, was not a native New Zealander. She took the reins of the New Zealand movement, though, and drove the point home.

 

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