An Electric-fying Race!
The Formula E, a type of auto race for electric cars, took place on July 15 and 16 in New York. Ten teams competed in the race, with Sam Bird, a British race car driver, emerging as the winner. There was also a Roborace for autonomous (or self-driving) cars! Check out other articles from Xyza on electric cars.
Happy Birthday, Malala!
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was attacked and injured simply for going to school, turned twenty years old on July 12. For her birthday, she traveled to Iraq to talk to girls and encouraged them to attend school. Want to learn more about amazing people who are working to better women’s lives across the world? Check out our video here.
Bastille Day (July 14) is a day recognizing the storming of the Bastille, a French prison, during the French Revolution in 1798. This event marked the beginning of a democracy in France and is celebrated across the world with fireworks and other festive events.
A Beautiful Mind
Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the Fields Medal—math’s highest honor—died on July 14 of cancer at the age of forty. Humble and ambitious, she had an uncanny ability to figure out difficult geometric problems.
Wimbledon 2017 finished this week. In the men’s finals, Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic for his record eighth Wimbledon title, almost a year after Federer was expected to retire.
Garbiñe. Caption: In the women’s Wimbledon finals, Garbiñe Muguruza won the match against Venus Williams in straight sets as Williams ran out of steam at the end of the first set.
An Emoji for Everything and Everyone
It was World Emoji Day on July 17, and the technology company Apple celebrated by introducing an interesting emoji: the hijab emoji for Muslim women who wear hijabs. Nice job, Apple! PS: Are you planning on watching The Emoji Movie this weekend? Send us your review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Paddle-Out to Remember
Thousands of surfers gathered for a paddle-out at Paradise Point in Santa Cruz, California, earlier this month to pay tribute to the late surf legend and wetsuit innovator, Jack O’Neill. In doing so, they also unofficially broke a world record: the greatest number of participants in a paddle-out!