Technorama Ep538: The Corner of Crazy and Not Right

Coming up in this episode…

  • Bourbon
  • Exoskeletons
  • Sand Printers

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On This Day In History for July 11, 2018

This is the 192nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 173 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1405, that Ming admiral Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time.
  • Also today in 1576, Martin Frobisher sights Greenland.
  • Also on July 11, 1735, Mathematical calculations suggest that it is on this day that dwarf planet Pluto moved inside the orbit of Neptune for the last time before 1979.
  • It was on this date in 1796, that The United States takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.
  • That same date in 1801, French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons makes his first comet discovery. In the next 27 years he discovers another 36 comets, more than any other person in history.
  • July 11, 1848, Waterloo railway station in London opens.
  • 129 years ago today, Tijuana, Mexico, is founded.
  • July 11, 1893, The first cultured pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto.
  • Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrate movie film technology to scientists on this date in 1895.
  • 121 years ago today, Salomon August Andrée leaves Spitsbergen to attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. He later crashes and dies.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, in the United States on this date in 1960.
  • Also on July 11, 1962, Project Apollo: At a press conference, NASA announces lunar orbit rendezvous as the means to land astronauts on the Moon, and return them to Earth.
  • It was also this date in 1962 that First transatlantic satellite television transmission.
  • On July 11, 1972, The first game of the World Chess Championship 1972 between challenger Bobby Fischer and defending champion Boris Spassky starts.
  • 41 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. is posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Also today in 1979, America’s first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
  • PTV is introduced as a kids programming block for PBS to broadcast educational programming to underprivileged children on this date in 1994.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Swedish chemist and mineralogist, Johan Gottschalk Wallerius, born on this date in 1709.
  • American astronomer and author, Isabel Martin Lewis was born 137 years ago today.
  • Alexander Prokhorov, the Australian-Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 102 years ago today.
  • Venetia Burney, English educator, who named Pluto was born on that same date in 1918.
  • Brazilian physicist and academic, César Lattes was born 94 years ago today.
  • American-Canadian physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman, born on this date in 1927.
  • Italian physicist and academic, Tullio Regge was born 87 years ago today.
  • Also turning 84 today is Italian fashion designer, founded the Armani Company Giorgio Armani.
  • Pakistani physicist and academic, Pervez Hoodbhoy is 68 today.

Listener Birthdays

  • 11 – Steven Truax (rednecktech)
  • 12 – Shadowbird712 of Shadowbird Studios ( (Sorry for the cheap plug, y’all)
  • 12 – François Pominville nickname: Bookaroo (Year: 11110110001, Canada)
  • 13 – Ben Ragunton of TGGeeks

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for July 11, 2018


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