Technorama Ep 522 : Inflatable Time Loop

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On This Day In History for January 10, 2018

This is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 355 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1776, that Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense.
  • On January 10, 1812, the first steamboat on the Ohio River or the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans, 82 days after departing from Pittsburgh.
  • The Metropolitan Railway, the world’s oldest underground railway, opens between Paddington and Farringdon, marking the beginning of the London Underground on this date in 1863.
  • January 10, 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil.
  • 117 years ago today, the first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
  • Also today in 1927, Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis is released in Germany.
  • 56 years ago today, NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket launch vehicle, which became known as the Saturn V Moon rocket, which launched every Apollo Moon mission.
  • Time Warner is formed by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications on this date in 1990.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German astronomer, Simon Marius, born on this date in 1573.
  • Lazzaro Spallanzani, the Italian priest, biologist, and physiologist was born 289 years ago today.
  • English physician and academic, founded Birkbeck, University of London, George Birkbeck was born 242 years ago today.
  • Born January 10, 1780, German physician and explorer Martin Lichtenstein.
  • Carl Ritter von Ghega, Italian-Austrian engineer, designed the Semmering railway was born on that same date in 1802.
  • Italian paleontologist, archaeologist, and ethnographer, Luigi Pigorini, born on this date in 1842.
  • American architect, designed the Rookery Building and Monadnock Building, John Wellborn Root was born 168 years ago today.
  • Issai Schur, German mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1875.
  • Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, the Russian journalist, author, and poet was born 135 years ago today.
  • Born January 10, 1891, German mathematician and academic Heinrich Behmann.
  • Katharine Burr Blodgett, the American physicist and engineer was born 120 years ago today.
  • American engineer and inventor, Gordon Kidd Teal was born 111 years ago today.
  • Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1916.
  • American businessman, Roy E. Disney was born 88 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1938,  American computer scientist and mathematician, Donald Knuth.
  • American singer-songwriter and musician, Donald Fagen is 70 today.
  • Also turning 65 today is American singer-songwriter Pat Benatar.
  • Also born on that same date in 1962,  American computer scientist and academic, Kathryn S. McKinley.

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 10, 2018


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