Technorama Ep 452 : Back to the Future

Coming up in this episode…TheCaliforniaRaisins

  • Make your own flux capacitor
  • Revisit the 1939 World’s Fair
  • Titanic biscuit

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  • If you could jump into any movie universe, what would it be and why?
    • Tiffany: The Fifth Element : so I can say, “MultiPass” and watch an operatic alien on a space cruise liner with Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman, & Bruce Willis!

On This Day In History for October 21, 2015

This is the 294th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining in 2015.

  • It was on this date in 1520 that Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
  • 495 years ago today, João Álvares Fagundes discovers the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, bestowing them their original name of “Islands of the 11,000 Virgins”.
  • That same date in 1774, First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • It was 218 years ago today that In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
  • Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement on this date in 1824.
  • It was 136 years ago today that Thomas Edison invents a workable electric light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. which was tested the next day and lasted 13.5 hours. This would be the invention of the first commercially practical incandescent light. Popular belief is that he invented the first light bulb, which he did not.
  • The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is published on this date in 1940.
  • It was 56 years ago today that In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public.
  • October 21, 1965, Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers (279,617 miles) from the sun.
  • 37 years ago today, Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • It was 32 years ago today that The meter is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
  • Also today in 2005, Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • On this day – TODAY – Marty McFly’s girlfriend Jennifer, and Doc Brown appear in Hill Valley CA in a flying DeLorean.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to

  • Swiss mathematician and theorist Nicolaus I Bernoulli, born on this date in 1687
  • Also born on this date in 1833 – Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist and engineer, invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • American illustrator and animator Mary Blair was born today in 1911
  • Dizzy Gillespie, the trumpet player, composer, and bandleader would have been 98
  • Born October 21, 1950, Astronaut Ronald McNair
  • rounding out the birthdays is Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher is 59.
  • and finally, today is International Day of the Nacho

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 21, 2015


Listener Birthday Calendar

  • 21 – Daniel Ebdrup Jensen (D. Ebdrup)
  • 21 – Justin Diehl (nulloperations)
  • 22 – Zach – zml2008
  • 25 – Mad Marv – spelled “K – Y – L – E” but pronounced “Marv”. Hope that helps.
  • 25 – HMNSHLD
  • 25 – BritOnTour (Jason)
  • 25 – Scott (Minneapolis)
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

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