Technorama Ep533: Spiderman Halo


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  • Mini Brains
  • Robots
  • Google Duplex

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On This Day In History for May 16, 2018

This is the 136th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1568, that Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
  • May 16, 1770, A 14 -year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
  • It was 175 years ago today, that The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  • Also on May 16, 1866, The United States Congress establishes the nickel.
  • Also today in 1888, Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.
  • May 16, 1891, The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world’s first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today).
  • That same date in 1919, A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
  • It was also this date in 1929 that In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
  • That same date in 1951, The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • That same date in 1969, Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, lands on Venus.
  • 30 years ago today, A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
  • It was 27 years ago today, that Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
  • On May 16, 2011, STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Italian mathematician and philosopher, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, born on this date in 1718.
  • Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator who founded the first U.S. kindergarten was born on that same date in 1804.
  • Born May 16, 1821, Russian mathematician and statistician Pafnuty Chebyshev.
  • Welsh-American physicist, co-invented the microphone, David Edward Hughes was born 187 years ago today.
  • Henry Fonda, the American actor was born 113 years ago today.
  • American pianist and entertainer, Liberace, born on this date in 1919.
  • Also turning 93 today is American astronomer Nancy Roman.
  • Also born on that same date in 1938,  American computer scientist and academic, Ivan Sutherland.
  • Canadian physician and astronaut, Dafydd Williams, born on this date in 1954.
  • Also born on that same date in 1966,  American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress, Janet Jackson.
  • American actress, reality television personality, and author, Tori Spelling, born on this date in 1973.

Listener Birthdays

  • 22 – Tim Elliott
  • 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 May 16, 2018


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