March, 1910 – The first seaplane in history took off

French inventor Henri Fabre's Canard (Fabre Hydravion) was the first floatplane to take off from water under its own power. The first flight measured 457 meters.

March, 2004 – Ireland became the first country to ban smoking in all workplaces

Contrary to initial concerns, the ban had no adverse economic effects, and soon several other countries passed similar legislation. According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco smoke is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally.

March, 1964 – Jeopardy! was aired for the first time

The program, which is still on the air today, is one of the world's most popular game shows.

March, 1985 – The first edition of Wrestle Mania was held in New York

The annual event is the world's most important wrestling meet. It is the biggest event organised by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

April, 1976 – Apple Inc. is founded

The computer company, which evolved into a multinational corporation and whose best-known product iPhone, was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. In 2012, the company's global revenue amounted to $156 billion.

April, 1792 – The US Dollar was introduced

The Mint Act of 1792 established the Dollar as US currency. About two-thirds of global trade today is based on the US dollar.

April, 1973 – The first public mobile telephone call was placed on a Manhattan sidewalk

Motorola's Martin Cooper called Joel Engel of Bell Labs. He later told BBC that his first words were “Joel, I'm calling you from a 'real' cellular telephone. A portable handheld telephone.”