Technorama Ep 524 : Lopsided Black Hole

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  • Question of the Week: If you had no super powers, which superhero (or villain) would you pick a fight with?
    • Scott Stephanie Long: The Tick
    • Mike Robison: The Amazing Squirrel Girl
    • Lone Guise Knight: Wonder Dog
    • Myron Dupler: Zhadum. Nightwing
    • John Miller Jr: Gleek
On This Day In History for January 31, 2018

This is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 334 days remaining in 2017.

  • It was on this date in 1606, that Guy Fawkes, as part of the Gunpowder Plot, is executed for plotting against Parliament and King James.
  • Also today in 1747, the first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
  • 155 years ago today, Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch (47cm) telescope now located at Northwestern University.
  • Also on January 31, 1930, 3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
  • January 31, 1949, These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.
  • It was also this date in 1950 that United States President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
  • Also today in 1958, the first successful American satellite detects the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • Ham the Chimp travels into outer space aboard Mercury-Redstone on this date in 1961.
  • It was 51 years ago today, that The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
  • That same date in 1971, Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, liftoff for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon aboard Apollo 14.
  • It was on this date in 2010, that Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Theodore William Richards, born on this date in 1868.
  • American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, Irving Langmuir was born 136 years ago today.
  • Sofya Yanovskaya, the Russian mathematician and historian was born 121 years ago today.
  • American actress, singer, and dancer, Carol Channing, born on this date in 1921.
  • Born January 31, 1921, American tenor and actor Mario Lanza.
  • Norman Mailer, the American journalist and author was born 94 years ago today.
  • Also turning 89 today is American computer scientist and engineer Irma Wyman.
  • Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1929.
  • American actor and producer, James Franciscus was born 83 years ago today.
  • American actress, Suzanne Pleshette, born on this date in 1937.

Listener Birthdays

  • 24 – Cynthia Fry
  • 25 – Kreg Steppe
  • 26 – Will The Computer Guy
  • 27 – Mark in Memphis
  • 27 – Chip Burkhead from The Scotchcast
  • 29 – Sarah P. from NJ… who was born in OK, moved to VA, married Brad P, moved to NJ, and is now back in VA
  • 01 – Matt Baum aka Racer X, Pittsburgh PA
  • 01 – Brandon Kirkwold – MN
  • 02 – Gary Lindros – aka Gary from Jacksonville – Groundhog’s Day Rules!!!
  • 02 – Chuck Provenzano aka podlurker aka Chuck’s evil twin
  • 02 – Oreo Cookie Monster
  • 03 – Euan Campbell McGregor – Scotland, UK
  • 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 31, 2018


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