Technorama Ep521 : The Reindeer’s Little Mess

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  • AOL
  • Robots
  • Elon Musk

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On This Day In History for December 20, 2017

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

  • It was on this date in 1606, that The Virginia Company loads three ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
  • It was 214 years ago today, that The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
  • Adolf Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison on this date in 1924.
  • Also today in 1946, The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.
  • Also on December 20, 1951, The EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity. The electricity powered four light bulbs.
  • That same date in 1957, The initial production version of the Boeing 707 makes its first flight.
  • A Pennsylvania Railroad Budd Metroliner exceeds 155 mph on their New York Division, also present day Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor on this date in 1967.
  • It was also this date in 1971 that The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders is founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in Paris, France.
  • China successfully launches the Bolivian Túpac Katari 1 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on this date in 2013.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and cartographer, Oronce Finé, born on this date in 1494.
  • Czech chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Jaroslav Heyrovský was born 127 years ago today.
  • Born December 20, 1901, American physicist and academic, invented the Van de Graaff generator Robert J. Van de Graaff.
  • American actor, John Hillerman, born on this date in 1932.
  • Also born on that same date in 1945,  American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer, Peter Criss.
  • English keyboard player and producer, Alan Parsons, born on this date in 1948.
  • English mathematician and academic, Geoffrey Grimmett is 67 today.
  • Also turning 41 today is Welsh game designer and businessman, co-founded Meteor Games Adam Powell.
  • 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 December 20, 2017


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