Roller Coaster Day is celebrated every year on August 16. The reason for choosing the date is not clear, but the most reliable explanation for choosing this day is that on August 16, 1898, the first patent for a ride on a roller coaster was registered. The date August 16th has been marked by fairs, parks and roller coaster fans all over the world since the 1980s.
The origin of the first roller coaster is a train called "Russian Mountains". This train was specially designed to fit the icebergs that surround St. Petersburg.
It was built on the snow slopes in the 15th century from slides at a height of 24 meters reinforced by wooden beams. In many languages, "Russian Mountains" remains the name for the roller coaster. Precisely in modern Russia the name of the roller coaster is "American mountains" (American gorki).
Some historians claim that the first real roller coaster was built at the behest of Russian Queen Catherine the Great in 1784 in the Orinbaum Gardens in St. Petersburg.
Other historians believe that the first roller coaster was built by the French. "Belleville's Russian Mountains" was built in Paris in 1812 and had carriages with wheels that locked for safety and traveled at a higher speed.
The roller coasters do give passengers a sense of immediate danger, but statistically speaking they are extremely safe, and the chance of being injured in them in a way that requires hospital treatment is 1 in 20 million.
How to celebrate roller coaster day?
Across the US, many of the largest parks are offering special deals to visitors on August 16. Devout roller coaster fans don't give up this day to ride a roller coaster and some even take a day off work for it.
If you are a roller coaster lover, come to the amusement park, ride a roller coaster and take a picture of yourself as a souvenir.
Happy roller coaster day!
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Ferris wheel day is a day to go to an amusement park, no matter where, get on a Ferris wheel and take a spin between heaven and earth to celebrate the birthday of George Washington Jr., the American engineer who invented the first Ferris wheel in 1893.
In the 17th century there were playgrounds where passengers sat inside wooden seats attached to a large ring-shaped fixture and a powerful man would turn them around. The first facilities existed in Bulgaria and Turkey.
The first modern Ferris wheel was designed for the United States' World's Colombian Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. It was to compete with the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Paris Exhibition.
The designer of the wheel was George Washington Gail Paris Jr. from Gilesburg, Illinois, and the wheel was named in English - Ferris Wheel.
The first modern Ferris wheel was really huge. It weighed about 2000 tons and was powered by two steam engines that each had a power of 1,000 horsepower. The wheel had 36 passenger compartments, each the size of a bus!
Each cabin could carry 60 passengers (20 seated and 40 standing), meaning a total of 2,160 passengers could ride in a wheel.
The Ferris wheel was 26 stories high and was one of the tallest buildings in the world. It took 20 minutes and cost half a dollar.
Today there are giant wheels in almost every amusement park.
The tallest Ferris wheel in the world, High Roller, is located in Las Vegas and is 167 meters high. In second place is the Singapore Flair wheel, which rises to a height of 165 meters and in third place is the star Nanchang (Chinese: 南昌之星) which is located in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in China and rises to a height of 160 meters.
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