Monument to Yuri Gagarin – The world’s first large-scale monument made of titanium in Moscow

The statue is made of titanium, a metal often used in spacecraft, and weighs 12 tons. Monument to Yuri Gagarin is a 42.5-meter high pedestal and statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first person to travel in space. The pedestal is designed to be reminiscent of a rocket exhaust. The monument was built for the 1980 Olympic Games. […]

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IBM’s Deep Blue – The Garry Kasparov’s opponent is being exhibited in Mountain View

The first computer chess-playing system to win both a chess game and a chess match against a reigning world champion under regular time controls. The project was started as ChipTest at Carnegie Mellon University by Feng-hsiung Hsu, followed by its successor, Deep Thought. After their graduation from Carnegie Mellon, Hsu, Thomas Anantharaman, and Murray Campbell from the […]

Oriental Theatre – The amazing and tragically old theater in Portland

Built in 1927, the theater was a 2,040-seat movie palace designed by Lee Arden Thomas and Albert Mercier. The building’s exterior was in the Italian Renaissance style. The interior had an “almost surreal appearance” created by interior designer Adrien Alex Voisin. It was built by George Warren Weatherly. Walter Eugene Tebbetts is listed as “the promoter who […]