Technorama Ep 310 – Rotary Dialing

In this episode…

  • A robot that makes cookies? I’ll take a dozen
  • Are porta-potties the next terrorist target?
  • Something else we’re not quite sure of

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On this day in history…

  • It was on this day in 763 BC – The Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
  • The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys today in 1667.
  • Benjamin Franklin makes his shocking discovery today in 1752 when he proves that lightning is electricity.
  • It was today in 1785 that saw the first ever casualties of an air crash. Two French men die when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel.
  • Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber today in 1844 – and processed cheese was born
  • John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland on this date in 1919.
  • It was today in 1955 that The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual “Operation Alert” (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA’s preparations for a nuclear attack.
  • Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon just nine years ago.

Happy Birthday goes out on this date to

  • Frech Mathematician Bernard Lamy, born today in 1640
  • Another mathematician, Nikolai Chebotaryov was born today in 1894 in Ukraine.
  • Virologist, and Nobel laureate Thomas Huckle Weller was born today in 1915
  • Another Nobel laureate,  chemist John Bennett Fenn was born on this date in 1917
  • Legendary comic book creator Hugo Pratt was born today in 1927
  • Paleontologist Jack Horner turns 65 today (we have a story about him later)
  • Julie Hagerty, the actress who played Elaine on one of my favorite movies “Airplane” turns 56.
  • and finally, Doogie Hauser, Doctor Horrible, among other things, actor Neil Patrick Harris turns 38 today

and that’s the way it was on this day for June 15, 2011


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