Episode 513 : Planetary Disruption

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  • Creepy Teddy
  • Crash landing
  • With no preservatives

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On This Day In History for August 16, 2017

This is the 228th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining in 2017.

  • It was on this date in 1858, that U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
  • 101 years ago today, The Migratory Bird Treaty between Canada and the United States signed.
  • On August 16, 1927, The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
  • It was also this date in 1930 that The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • Also today in 1944, First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
  • That same date in 1954, The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.
  • It was on this date in 1960, that Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
  • Also on August 16, 1962, Pete Best is discharged from the Beatles, to be replaced two days later by Ringo Starr.
  • It was 28 years ago today, that a solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Italian cartographer, Vincenzo Coronelli, born on this date in 1650.
  • Born August 16, 1744, French astronomer Pierre Méchain.
  • Arthur Cayley, English mathematician was born on that same date in 1821.
  • French physicist, Gabriel Lippmann, born on this date in 1845.
  • T. E. Lawrence, British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat was born on that same date in 1888.
  • American biochemist, Wendell Meredith Stanley was born 113 years ago today.
  • Eydie Gormé, the American pop singer, chanteuse, comic actress was born 89 years ago today.
  • actor, scriptwriter, Robert Culp, born on this date in 1930.
  • Stuart Roosa, the American astronaut was born 84 years ago today.
  • American actress, Julie Newmar is 84 today.
  • Also turning 64 today is American actress and talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford.
  • Also born on that same date in 1958,  American singer, songwriter, and actress, Madonna (entertainer).
  • Also turning 55 today is American actor Steve Carell.

Listener Birthdays (through DragonCon)


  • 17 – Clive Jevons, Baeumenheim German
  • Kevin (SusietheGeek’s son and Geek in Training)
  • 19 – Brian Litecky (blitecky)
  • 19 – Matt Rider (The Eagle Scout Geek )
  • 20 – Jedi_Kez (aka Brian From Winnipeg)
  • 22 – Zoidberg [1967]
  • 22 – Kyle Slingo
  • 22 – AlchemyDragon
  • 24 – Kira Fiore (Krazy Joe & Christine’s daughter)
  • 25 – David “Grizzly” Smith from Grizzly’s Growls podcasts
  • 27 – Chuck’s forgotten iPod
  • 30 – Maximilian Björsten, Stockholm Sweden
  • 31 – Tim Downing


If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 16, 2017


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Media Corner

Geek Library

  • Ben and Keith’s first SDCC
  • Kreg Saw MST3K Live

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