Technorama Ep476 : Star Dusting

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  • Lasers!
  • A look at the inside of the Enterprise
  • Jupiter

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  • Krazy Joe

Question of the Week: What space alien race would you want to be?

On This Day In History for July 6, 2016

This is the 188th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 178 days remaining in 2016.

  • It was on this date in 1189 that Richard I “the Lionheart” accedes to the English throne.
  • July 6, 1865, The first issue of The Nation magazine is published
  • Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog 131 years ago today
  • That same date in 1919, The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship
  • The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The American League defeated the National League 4–2 on this date in 1933
  • Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse 74 years ago today
  • Jackie Robinson refuses to move to the back of a bus, leading to a court-martial on this date in 1944.
  • It was 69 years ago today that The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union
  • 59 years ago today, John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles.
  • The Late Late Show, the world’s longest-running chat show by the same broadcaster, airs on RTE One for the first time on this date in 1962.
  • It was 26 years ago today that Electronic Frontier Foundation is founded
  • July 6, 2003, The 70-metre Yevpatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to five stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri (HD 75732), HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris (HD 95128). The messages will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044, and 2049, respectively.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Swiss anatomist and physiologist Albert von Kölliker born on this date in 1817.
  • Also born that same date one year later, German chess player Adolf Anderssen.
  • July 16, 1903 is the birthday of Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Hugo Theorell.
  • The man who created Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, actor, singer, and producer, Merv Griffin was born today in 1925.
  • Bill Haley, yes – the one from Bill Haley & His Comets – shares the same exact birthday as Merv Griffin
  • Actor Ned Beatty is 79 this year
  • …and finally, guess how old Sylvester Stallone is… if you said 70, you’d be right
  • This is also National Fried Chicken Day in the United States
  • and finally today is “Take your webmaster to lunch day”

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for July 6, 2016


  • Where in the multiverse have Chuck and Kreg been?

Follow up

Listener Birthday Calendar

  • 06 – Peter (1982, Sweden)
  • 08 – Trampas Whiteman (aka Dragonhelm)
  • 08 – Mark Lee (aka geekdad72) Stardate -351519.09
  • 08 – Alan Ralph (a.k.a. MonTemplar)
  • 09 – Jack and Tiffany’s Wedding
  • 10 – KHD a.k.a. The Devin
  • 11 – Steven Truax (rednecktech)
  • 12 – Shadowbird712 of Shadowbird Studios ( (Sorry for the cheap plug, y’all)
  • 12 – François Pominville nickname: Bookaroo (Year: 11110110001, Canada)
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

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  • What is a little known factoid that you think only you (or very few others) know about? (about .. Computers, media, anything)

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