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Scientists of the Russian Geographic Society have done the impossible

August 18 2009

August 18, 1845 in St. Petersburg was founded Russian Geographical Society. In the middle of the XIX century there is a lack of geographical information about Russia. There is a need in the organization of the Russian Geographical Society. Such societies have existed in many European capitals: Paris (1821), Berlin (1828), London (1830). They played an important role not only in the scientific life of their countries, but also in world science.

Since the founding of RGS in its activities involving the best minds of Russia, and the son of Nicholas I - Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich has agreed to become its first chairman. C activity of the company is closely linked with the names of such great travelers as NN Miklukho-Maclay, PP Semenov Tian-Shansky, NM Przewalski. From 1931 to 1940 headed the Society was Nikolai Vavilov.

The main idea of the founders was to attract scholars to the study of native land and the people inhabiting it ", ie to the collection and dissemination of geographical, statistical and ethnographic information about our country.

In 1848, WGI has developed a questionnaire that was distributed to all provinces of Russia. Responses to this survey formed the basis of a unique archive of the Society, containing the most complete information about the life and culture of all peoples of the Russian Empire. Work was done by a truly titanic!

August 18, 1859 the legendary French acrobat Blondin Jean went on a tightrope across Niagara Falls, holding on his shoulders of another acrobat.

August 18, 1996 in England was prepared biggest milkshake with strawberry additive. Total beverage was 16 thousand 400 liters, and he was prepared to Maklefilde, Cheshire, UK.

August 18, 1950 during the ascent of the climbers on the Alps Matterhorn of people had come with a 4-month kitten, who, following in the footsteps of the expedition, also conquered the summit.

August 18, 1913 at the casino in Monte Carlo came a unique case - the ball fell on black 26 times in a row!

August 18, 1996 Guinness record was set in a mass dance, tap dance. During a performance in front of the one-stop shop "Meysiz" in New York, USA Step fought off 6,654 people at once.

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