Technorama Ep 475 : I got friends in Lowell Places

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  • Gary from Jacksonville – geekiest place on Earth

On This Day In History for May 25, 2016
This is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 220 days remaining in 2016.

  • It was on this day in 240 BC we find the first recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
  • John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee on this date in 1925.
  • May 25, 1953, at the Nevada Test Site, the United States conduct their first and only nuclear artillery test.
  • 63 years ago today, the first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston.
  • Also today in 1955, the first ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third-highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition led by Charles Evans. Joe Brown and George Band reached the summit on May 25, followed by Norman Hardie and Tony Streather the next day.
  • 55 years ago today, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the Moon” before the end of the decade.
  • Also today in 1966, Explorer 32 launches.
  • That same date in 1968, Gateway Arch Saint Louis Gateway Arch is dedicated.
  • Star Wars is released in theaters 39 years ago today.
  • It was 30 years ago today that Hands Across America takes place.
  • May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer, 32 years old, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • That same date in 2008, NASA’s Phoenix lander lands in Green Valley region of Mars to search for environments suitable for water and microbial life.
  • Also today in 2012, The Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this date to 1803.
  • Also born that same date in 1889 founder of the Sikorsky Aircraft company, Igor Sikorsky.
  • Co-founder of Random House, Bennet Cerf was born today in 1898.
  • May 25, 1926 is also the birthday of actor Claude Akins.
  • It’s also the birthday of actress and soprano Beverly Sills 87 years ago today.
  • Russian engineer and astronaut, Georgy Grechko is 85 today.
  • Sir Ian McKellen is 77.
  • Actress/singer Leslie Uggams is 73.
  • Frank Oz is now 72.
  • Psychologist and computer scientist Catherine G. Wolf is 69.
  • and our final birthday goes to actor, singer, producer and screenwriter Mike Myers is 53.

Don’t forget, May 25 is Geek Pride Day and Towel Day!
And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for May 25, 2016


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Chuck, Kreg, Ben and Keith when to Lowell Observatory

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  • What space alien race would you want to be? (Any Scifi movie, tv or Book)

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