This Week’s Question:

January 26 is Australia Day, marking the establishment of the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Where was that settlement located?

Last Week’s Question:

What two Industrial Revolution-era inventors share January 19 birthdays?

Answer: They are James Watt, whose improvements to the Nowcomen steam engine would help drive the Industrial Revolution (he also developed the concept of horsepower) and Henry Bessemer, whose Bessemer Process would make steel processing cheaper and easier, allowing cities to start building up on an unprecedented scale.

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