Episode 583: Computer Hum Bug

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On This Day In History for December 4, 2019

This is the 338th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1791, that The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
  • That same date in 1861, The 109 Electors of the several states of the Confederate States of America unanimously elect Jefferson Davis as President and Alexander H. Stephens as Vice President.
  • On December 4, 1865, North Carolina ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed soon by Georgia, and U.S. slaves were legally free within 2 weeks.
  • The crewless American ship Mary Celeste was found by the Canadian brig Dei Gratia. The ship had been abandoned for nine days but was only slightly damaged on this date in 1872.
  • December 4, 1881, The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
  • By a vote of 65 -7, the United States Senate approves United States participation in the United Nations. (The UN had been established on October 24, 1945.) on this date in 1945.
  • That same date in 1954, The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.
  • It was on this date in 1956, that The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.
  • The Grateful Dead’s first concert performance under this new name on this date in 1965.
  • That same date in 1965, Launch of Gemini 7 with crew members Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. The Gemini 7 spacecraft was the passive target for the first crewed space rendezvous performed by the crew of Gemini 6A.
  • Also today in 1991, Pan American World Airways ceased its operations after 64 years.
  • Also on December 4, 1998, The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • On December 4, 2017, The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan has been imploded, after a day of failure to be imploded. It is about 30 miles from Detroit, Michigan. It first opened on August 23, 1975.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American bacteriologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate, Alfred Hershey, born on this date in 1908.
  • Pappy Boyington, American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient was born on that same date in 1912.
  • American game show host and producer, Wink Martindale, born on this date in 1933.
  • American actor, Jeff Bridges is 70 today.
  • American computer programmer and author, Eric S. Raymond, born on this date in 1957.
  • Also turning 55 today is American actress Marisa Tomei.

Listener Birthdays

  • 06 – SuperMoonMan
  • 07 – Peter aka Zzippster from the Zzipp and Co. Podcast, Weymouth, Dorset, UK
  • 08 – DanDman
  • 08 – Gydian (Michael H.)
  • 09 – Steve Kite (BigUnit62)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 4, 2019

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