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History in 140 characters


Another Twitter landmark was set recently, when a British mountaineer sent the first tweet from Mount Everest's summit. @KentonCool posted the following message from the Everest summit on 6th May: "Everest summit no 9! 1st tweet from the top of the world thanks to a weak 3G signal & the awesome Samsung Galaxy S2 handset!"

Which led Stylist to wonder how history may have been reported had the micro-blogging website (or, indeed, smartphones) exisited a couple of hundred years earlier. From Amy Johnson's solo flight Down Under to the first man on the moon, take a look at our version of history in 140 character or less snippets.

First man on the moon, 1969

@neilarmstrong: Forget Twitosphere, it's all about atmostphere. About to step off #Apollo11

@buzzlightfootaldrin: @neilarmstrong Good luck Neilly. It's a whole new world out there. I'm right behind you

@neilarmstrong: @NASA I'm going to step off the LEM (Apollo Lunar Module) now

@neilarmstrong: That's one small step 4 man, one giant leap 4 mankind. PRT.

Anne Boleyn execution, 1536

@Annequeenofengland: This has got to be a wind-up, right? Three years of married devotion and now I'm a traitor. WTF!? @henrydatudor, TMB

@henrydatudor: @Annequeenofengland wtv, m'lady. Ur head will be on a stick soon enough... Time to change ur twitter handle, methinks

@Annequeenofengland: OMG, can see the scaffolding go up. Thanks to @smoothexecutions for their help and support in advance

@Annequeenofengland: Being led out. Farewell, fellow tweeters. It's been rea

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in protest, 1969

@therealjohnlennon: Join the #maketeanotwar bed-in, room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton. Don't forget your guitar...

@bigdrumringo: @therealjohnlennon Peace, man. All you need is luv

@therealjohnlennon: @yokoono Happy honeymoon and down with Vietnam. Your hair looks great, btw.

First performance of Romeo and Juliet, 1594-95

@sizzlinshakespeare: New play out tonight: #romeoandjuliet. Going to be ROCKIN

@hermajestyqueenlizthefirst: @sizzlinshakespeare Great news. Make mine a front row seat.

@shakespearegroupies: @sizzlinshakespeare Can't wait! what's it about? comedy, tragedy, murder...? *excited*

@sizzlinshakespeare: @shakespearegroupies Basically it's about 2 star-crossed lovers, a few fights and a vial of poison. so gd thou'll want to upchuck

Guy Fawkes' gunpower plot, 1605

@guidofawkes: blimey, well that didn't work out like I expected. #blowupparliament didn't really ignite (ha) as planned. bugger.

@guidogang: @guidofawkes yeah, sorry about that. we had to leg it while we had a chance... at least we left you with the ammo though

@guidofawkes: caught red-handed. Now looking at the inside of cell wall. OMG, hope they don't hang me

@guidogang: @guidofawkes nah mate, you'll be fine. slap on the wrist jobbie. take it easy and we'll send you a sandwich or 2 in da clink x

@guidofawkes: VIVA LA REVOLUTION! *never* going to get this smell of gunpower off me. where's the Olde Spice when u need it?

Abdication of Edward VIII, 1936

@EdwardVIII: Ladies, gents, fans, m'lovers. The time has come for me to bid adieu to the throne. and HELLO to LOVE

@edappreciationsociety: @EdwardVIII go, eddie. whoop, whoop. you're king of our hearts anyday

@EdwardVIII: Guys this is serious, right? I'm discharging my duties as King cos of ma lady, the woman I love and worship (@wallissimpson thats u, btw)

@wallissimpson: @EdwardVIII oh eddie, that's more romantic than anything at the pictures. *swoon* my divorce'll come thru any time now

@EdwardVIII: no more messing around with openings & speeches, yah! bring on bermuda & gd life. v. sad to leave tho, obv...

@GeorgePrinceRegent: @EdwardVIII Damn u, Bertie. Y do this to me? U know I struggle w/ speeches. Think I could deliver them on here? How *very* 20th Century...

Completion of the Eiffel Tower, 1889

@GustaveEiffel: It's done, at last! Check out new parisian landscape, courtesy of moi

@Eiffelconstructions: @GustaveEiffel oh la la, it's a triumph. Unmissable...

@parisprotestgroup: We protest with all r force, with all r indignation, in the name of unappreciated French taste, in the name of menaced French art

@GustaveEiffel: @parisprotestgroup Wtv. It's taken 2 yrs, 2 mths + 5 days to build and is 324 metres tall, ICYMI

The invention of the telephone, 1876

@alexanderbell: Check out this out - the #harmonictelegraph. My new invention; u can hear sound over a wire & everything!

@inventorsforum: @alexanderbell And here was us thinking u wud b playing around with tin cans 4ever. wot did u hear?!

@alexanderbell: @inventorsforum 'Mr. Watson come here I want to see u.' 2 my assistant @ThomasWatson in next room

@inventorsforum: dingalingling. the future's bright...



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