Technorama Ep 495: Thanks a lot Todd!

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On This Day In History for January 11, 2017

This is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 354 days remaining in 2017.

  • The first recorded lottery in England was on this date in 1569
  • It was also this date in 1759 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first American life insurance company is incorporated.
  • William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus on this date in 1787.
  • That same date in 1908, Grand Canyon National Monument is created.
  • It was 95 years ago today, that  saw  the first use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.
  • Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announces the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California on this date in 1927.
  • January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 68 years ago today, the first “networked” television broadcasts took place as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes on the air connecting the east coast and midwest programming.
  • It was 53 years ago today, that Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., then Surgeon General of the United States, publishes the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.
  • It was also this date in 1986 that The Gateway Bridge in Brisbane Queensland Australia is officially opened.
  • January 11, 1996, STS-72 launches from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English engineer and architect, Samuel Bentham, born on this date in 1757.
  • English physicist, Joseph Jackson Lister was born 231 years ago today.
  • Born January 11, 1788, English chemist and academic William Thomas Brande.
  • Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist and engineer was born on that same date in 1800.
  • American businessman and philanthropist, founded Western Union and Cornell University, Ezra Cornell, born on this date in 1807.
  • Albert Victor Bäcklund, Swedish mathematician and physicist was born on that same date in 1845.
  • Born January 11, 1872, American physicist and academic G. W. Pierce.
  • Swiss chemist and discoverer of LSD, Albert Hofmann was born 111 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1925,  American television producer, co-founded MTM Enterprises, Grant Tinker.
  • Lev Dyomin, the Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut was born 91 years ago today.
  • American web developer and businessman, co-created WordPress, Matt Mullenweg is 33 today.

Listener Birthdays

  • 14 – Glynne Tolar
  • 15 – Ralph Whitfield (aka Goofy Ralph)
  • 17 – fuffy_frog (aka Kristina) from Canada
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 11, 2017


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