Episode 563: Like a Rhinestone Cowboy

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On This Day In History for April 24, 2019

This is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1558, that Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • April 24, 1704, The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.
  • Also today in 1800, The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.
  • April 24, 1885, American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
  • On April 24, 1895, Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop “Spray”.
  • 106 years ago today, The Woolworth Building, a skyscraper in New York City, is opened.
  • April 24, 1914, The Franck-Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, is presented to the German Physical Society.
  • Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the crew of the sunken Endurance on this date in 1916.
  • April 24, 1918, the first tank-to-tank combat in World War 1, during the second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.
  • Also on April 24, 1922, The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
  • 66 years ago today, Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • April 24, 1967, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
  • It was 29 years ago today, that the Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Swedish-American engineer and businessman, developed the zipper, Gideon Sundback, born on this date in 1880.
  • Oscar Zariski, Russian-American mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1899.
  • American actor, director, and producer, Richard Donner is 89 today.
  • American actress, singer, and dancer, Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934.
  • Born April 24, 1940, American author Sue Grafton.
  • Also turning 78 today is Australian-English guitarist and composer John Williams.
  • American lawyer and politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, born on this date in 1942.
  • Also turning 77 today is American singer, actress, activist, and producer Barbra Streisand.
  • Also born on that same date in 1947,  American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Roger D. Kornberg.
  • American actor, Michael O’Keefe is 64 today.
  • American director, producer, and screenwriter, Eric Kripke, born on this date in 1974.
  • Also born on that same date in 1982,  American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, Kelly Clarkson.

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  • 29 – Shepherd Thom from outside of the known universe
  • 29 – Timothy Karre
  • 30 – Julio Diaz (JulioTijuana)
  • 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 April 24, 2019

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