Technorama Ep 351 – Out of Order

In this episode…

  • Not too soon to think about the holidays
  • Turn your cell phone into a time machine
  • What would you do with 1,000 computers?

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  • PC Haring – Olympic Swimsuits
  • Ben S – Walking Dead Apocalypse

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On This Day In History for August 8, 2012

  • It was on this date in 1576 that the cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven.
  • John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage today in 1585.
  • Also today in 1709 Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrates the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the King of Portugal in Lisbon
  • August 8, 1786, Mont Blanc on the French – Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 209 years after John Davis’ search for the Northwest passage, Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska. That was on August 8, 1794.
  • 136 years ago, Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
  • Today in 1908, Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
  • The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight on August 8, 1929.
  • Just one year after the first atomic bomb was dropped, we saw the first flight of the Convair B-36, the world’s first mass-produce nuclear weapon delivery vehicle.
  • This is also the 49th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery in England. A gang of 15 train robbers steal 2.6 million pounds in bank notes.
  • On this momentous day in 1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.
  • Today in 1989 the space shuttle Columbia, takes off on mission STS-28 on a secret five-day military mission.
  • The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses on this date 21 years ago
  • 12 years ago Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

If you were born on August 8, you share your birthday the likes of:

  • American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Ernest O. Lawrence, born on this date in 1901
  • Also born today 110 years ago today, English physicist and Nobel Prize laureate  Paul Dirac
  • Two birthdays for August 8, 1921, British Physicist John Herbert Chapman and actress/swimmer Esther Williams
  • British physicist Sir Roger Penrose turns 81 today
  • The man who brought us TV series like Magnum P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap and many others, TV producer Donald P. Bellisario, is 77 today
  • Celebrating her 64th birthday today, Russian Cosmonaut and the first woman to perform a space walk, Svetlana Savitskaya
  • Irish guitarist for U2, The Edge is 51 today.
  • Swiss Tennis player Roger Federer turns 31

Finally, August 8th is the earliest day on which Melon Day, celebrated on the second Sunday in August in Turkmenistan can fall, while August 14 is the latest.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 8, 2012


  • Ben S – Tales from ComicCon – Walking Dead Apocalypse
  • PC Haring – Olympic swimsuits


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  • 08 – Philippa Ballantine
  • 09 – Matt Coe (WoWaddict) [1991]
  • 09 – Julia Posz – (Technorama Promo)
  • 10 – Sam Martin
  • 11 – Steve Wozniak
  • 11 – David Brewer (Tyrion The Imp)
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