Technorama Ep 543: On the Road Again

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  • Batman
  • 99 Robots
  • Forbidden Sandwich

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On This Day In History for August 29, 2018

This is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 124 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 708, that Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).
  • On August 29, 1831, Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction.
  • It was also this date in 1885 that Gottlieb Daimler patents the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
  • On August 29, 1898, The Goodyear tire company is founded.
  • That same date in 1949, Soviet atomic bomb project: The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
  • It was on this date in 1965, that The Gemini V spacecraft returns to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • That same date in 1982, The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.
  • It was 21 years ago today, that Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English physician and philosopher, John Locke, born on this date in 1632.
  • Polish mathematician and astronomer, Jan Śniadecki was born 262 years ago today.
  • Born August 29, 1876, American engineer and businessman, founded Delco Electronics Charles F. Kettering.
  • Otis Boykin, American inventor and engineer was born on that same date in 1920.
  • Richard Attenborough, the English actor, director, and producer was born 95 years ago today.
  • American captain and politician, John McCain is 82 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1938,  American actor and producer, Elliott Gould.
  • James Brady, the American politician and activist, 15th White House Press Secretary was born 78 years ago today.
  • English journalist and television host, Robin Leach was born 77 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1943,  Canadian astrophysicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Arthur B. McDonald.
  • Michael Jackson, the American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor was born 60 years ago today.
  • Also turning 59 today is Canadian colonel, pilot, and astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Listener Birthdays

  • 30 – Maximilian Björsten, Stockholm Sweden
  • 31 – Tim Downing


  • 01 – David Kloempken
  • 02 – Scott Tyler
  • 05 – Ben Vaughan (benvon) [1977]
  • 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 August 29, 2018


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