Technorama Ep 470 : Green Eggs and Ham Radio

Coming up in this episode…

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  • Robots
  • CPUs

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  • Steve Webb’s
  • Tee Morris VMails (Again)

On This Day In History for April 13, 2016
This is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 262 days remaining in 2016.

  • It was on this date in 1111 that Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
  • That same date in 1742, George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Also today in 1849, Hungary becomes a republic.
  • The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded on this date in 1870.
  • That same date in 1902, James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
  • The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of President Thomas Jefferson’s birth on this date in 1943.
  • CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program Project MKUltra on this date in 1953.
  • That same date in 1960, The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system.
  • 46 years ago today, an oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
  • April 13, 1974, Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1.
  • The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson’s 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration on this date in 1976.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Guy Fawkes, the English soldier who planned the Gunpowder Plot, born on this date in 1570.
  • The inventor of the Screw-pile lighthouse was born on this date in 1780 – happy birthday to Alexander Mitchell.
  • Italian engineer Antonio Meucci was born today in 1808.
  • Also born today in 1850, Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, the Irish astronomer.
  • Frank Winfield Woolworth, the founder of the F.W. Woolworth Company was born April 13, 1852.
  • Sharing that same birth date in 1866, Butch Cassidy.
  • The man who created the game of Scrabble, Alfred Mosher Butts was born today in 1899.
  • Robert Orville Anderson, the founder of the Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. would have been 99 today.
  • Agent Maxwell Smart, Actor Don Adams was born today in 1923.
  • Another actor, better known as Wally Cleaver, Tony Dow turns 71.
  • Hellboy, Ron Perlman, is 66 today.
  • and rounding out or birthdays with another actor (and director) Ricky Schroder is 46.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 13, 2016


Listener Birthday Calendar

  • 14 – Danny Harnish
  • 16 – Donna Tomasi
  • 18 – Skaifey (Anthony)
  • 19 – Amanda (SusietheGeek’s daughter & Geek in Training)
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