Celebrate International Education Week today with Thank You Thursday

An illustration of Earth made out of the words "thank you" in different languages.

Today is day four of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education held Nov. 16 through 20 “to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.”

KCC is celebrating International Education Week all week long, with a different focus each day. Today’s theme is Thank You Thursday!

Below are just a few of the things people use every day that were developed in countries outside the U.S. Thank you world!

  • Democracy: Greece during the sixth century BCE
  • Radio: Italy, by Guglielmo Marconi in 1896
  • Automobile: Germany (there’s a dispute regarding who was first, Karl Benz or Gottleib Daimler, in 1886)
  • Radiography/X-rays: Germany, by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895
  • The Masked Singer: South Korea in 2015
  • Rice cultivation: Nigeria in the 1600s
  • Penicillin: Scotland, by Alexander Fleming, 1928
  • Chess: Ancient Egypt
  • Pocket calculator: Japan in the 1970s
  • Satellites: Russia in the 1960s
  • Toothbrush: China in the 1400s
  • Algebra: Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (algorythmi) in 800s Persia (modern Iran)
  • Tin can: Peter Durand in England in 1810 (50 years before the can opener was invented)
  • ATM: England in 1967, at Barclays bank
  • Trivial Pursuit: Canada in the 1970s
  • CAPTCHA codes: Guatemala, by Luiz von Ahn in 2006
  • Color television: Mexico in 1940
  • Insulin injections: Canada in 1922

Check out all our International Education Week content past and still to come, including:

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