Episode 572: Teaching Old Podcasters New Tricks

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On This Day In History for August 7, 2019

This is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 146 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1782, that George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
  • On August 7, 1789, The United States Department of War is established.
  • Also on August 7, 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California.
  • IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I) on this date in 1944.
  • It was 72 years ago today, that Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101 -day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
  • Also today in 1955, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.
  • It was on this date in 1959, that The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design, and was minted until 2008.
  • Also on August 7, 1959, Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars on this date in 1976.
  • August 7, 1987, Lynne Cox becomes first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French navigator and explorer, Louis de Freycinet, born on this date in 1779.
  • Kermit Love, the American actor, puppeteer, and costume designer was born 103 years ago today.
  • Stan Freberg, American puppeteer, voice actor, and singer was born on that same date in 1926.
  • Canadian-American magician and author, James Randi is 91 today.
  • Also turning 77 today is American singer B. J. Thomas.
  • American humorist, novelist, short story writer, and radio host, Garrison Keillor, born on this date in 1942.
  • Also born on that same date in 1960,  American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, David Duchovny.
  • American actor, Cirroc Lofton, born on this date in 1978.

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 7, 2019

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