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On This Day – July 13

Posted on: Tue 13 Jul 2021

On this day in 1944, Ernő Rubik was born in Hungary. Rubik became a trained architect, but he is most famous for inventing the Rubik’s Cube in 1974. As of 2020, there have been about 450 million Rubik’s Cubes sold worldwide.

In 1958, Elvis Presley released his hit version of Big Mama Thornton’s Hound Dog. Elvis’ version is ranked #19 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and has been featured in movies such as Grease, Forrest Gump, and Lilo & Stitch.

In 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted of the second-degree murder pf unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, America.

This prompted the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. Specifically, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors, are credited with first using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. This hashtag and movement have been widely-used ever since, in America and internationally, in response to police violence against Black people, racial disparities within criminal legal systems, mass incarcerations, and other issues stemming from centuries of colonial suppression and racism.

Breakfast’s Tom Mann speaks to Breakfast producer Sezen Bakan about what happened on this day in history.

Produced by Sezen Bakan.

Image source: Flickr.


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