Technorama Ep 541 : Left, left, right, up, down, A, B

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On This Day In History for August 8, 2018

This is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1576, that The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on the island of Hven.
  • August 8, 1585, John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.
  • Also today in 1786, Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph on this date in 1876.
  • 110 years ago today, Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
  • August 8, 1929, The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.
  • On August 8, 1946, First flight of the Convair B-36, the world’s first mass-produced nuclear weapon delivery vehicle, the heaviest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft, with the longest wingspan of any military aircraft, and the first bomber with intercontinental range.
  • It was 55 years ago today, the Great Train Robbery: In England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal £2.6 million in bank notes.
  • It was also this date in 1969 that At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan takes the iconic photo that becomes the cover image of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road.
  • It was 49 years ago today, that The Manson Family commits the Tate murders.
  • President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day on this date in 1974.
  • It was also this date in 1989 that Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission: Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
  • 18 years ago today, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Ernest Lawrence, born on this date in 1901.
  • Paul Dirac, English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1902.
  • English animator and producer, John David Wilson was born 99 years ago today.
  • Richard Anderson, the American actor and producer was born 92 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1931, English physicist, mathematician, and philosopher, Roger Penrose.
  • American director, producer, and screenwriter, Donald P. Bellisario is 83 today.
  • Also turning 81 today is American actor and director Dustin Hoffman.
  • English chemist and academic, Jack Baldwin is 80 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1948, Russian engineer and astronaut, Svetlana Savitskaya.
  • American actor, Keith Carradine is 69 today.
  • American actor and director, Don Most, born on this date in 1953.
  • Also turning 57 today is British-Irish musician, singer and songwriter The Edge.

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 8, 2018

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