Technorama Ep 347 – Indepedence Day – Holiday or Movie?

Coming up in this episode…

  • A cloudy cloud solution
  • Boost your cell phone signal with a banana
  • Felonious assault by another comic character

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  • 08 – Mark Lee (aka geekdad72) Stardate -351519.09
  • 08 – Alan Ralph (a.k.a. MonTemplar)
  • 10 – KHD a.k.a. The Devin
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On This Day In History for July 4, 2012

  • It was on this date in 1054 that a supernova is seen by Chinese, Arab, and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
  • At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens on this date in 1802.
  • also on that date in 1817 – construction on the Erie Canal begins at Rome, New York.
  • Grand Junction Railway, the world’s first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool 175 years ago today.
  • and on this date in 1862 – Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.
  • The book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published exactly three years later to the date.
  • July 4, 1886 – The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
  • That very same day, the first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia.
  • 120 years ago today, Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
  • On this date in 1903 – Dorothy Levitt is reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a ‘motor race’.
  • First flight of the Lockheed Vega was today in 1927.
  • Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb on this date in 1934.
  • 62 years ago marks the first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • It was today in 1997 that NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
  • The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City 8 years ago.
  • and today in 2005 – The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.

Happy Birthday goes out on this day to:

  • Welsh surveyor George Everest, born today in 1790. Can you guess what he’s famous for?
  • Writer Nathaniel Hawthorne born today in 1804
  • The other half of Barnum & Bailey, American circus impresario, James Anthony Bailey was born today in 1847
  • American film producer Louis B. Mayer would have been 140 years old today.
  • Sharing that same birthday in 1883, American cartoonist Rube Goldberg
  • Twin sisters who went in to the same occupation, advice columnists, Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (aka Dear Abby) were born today in 1918. Ann passed away 10 years ago, and Abby turns 94 today.
  • Reporter Geraldo Rivera turns 69.
  • Video game designer and astronaut, Richard Garriott, celebrates his 51st birthday today
  • and finally, turning 41 today, Koko, the sign-language gorilla.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for July 4, 2012

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