#1 4th of July: We really, REALLY shouldn’t have to explain this one to you. If you aren’t from the U.S. of A. today celebrates that fateful day when we declared our independence from Britain on July 4th, 1776. Some fun trivia about this All-American holiday: Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826; The signers of the Declaration of Independence didn’t sign at the same time, and not even on the 4th! They signed on August 2nd of that year; Uncle Sam originated in 1812; in 1941, the Fourth of July was officially declared a federal legal holiday.
#2 Higgs: Okay. This one may be a tad complicated if science is not your thing. Higgs is referring to Higgs boson which is an elementary particle within the Standard Model of particle physics, that they just so happened to find today, even though it was originally imagined and named by theoretical physicists Peter Higgs 48 years ago. Higgs is ecstatic beyond belief that he is responsible for finding a particle scientists say helps explain pieces of the Big Bang theory. We at Cobalt send our congrats to Higgs and all the scientists at Europe’s CERN Research Centre for making such a significant discovery and contribution to the scientific world.
#3 Yiquig Yin: One of 10 young artists who competed in the annual Festival International de Mode et de photographie in Hyeres this year. She is an outstanding newcomer to the fashion industry, designing intricate, elaborate apparel that still manages to be completely wearable. She is French of Chinese decent, and we can’t wait to see more of her!
#4 George Entwistle: After years serving as the director of BBC’s vision, has been promoted as the 15th BBC director general. Congrats on movin’ up George!
#5 Eric Sykes: Well, we are sad to say we’ve lost another actor. At 89, Sykes was a famed English comic actor, playing numerous T.V., West end, and film characters across the pond. For you Americans, we have seen Sykes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in which he played the groundskeeper of the Riddle house, Frank Bryce. He also co-wrote 24-episodes of the radio comedy The Goon Show. Our sympathy goes out to his family, friends and fans, and we will always remember such a hilarious contribution to the entertainment industry.