Episode 556: What is that smell?

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On This Day In History for February 20, 2019

This is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 314 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1792, that The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.
  • 203 years ago today, Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
  • It was 147 years ago today, that The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
  • Also on February 20, 1877, Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
  • 88 years ago today, The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
  • It was also this date in 1935 that Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
  • It was on this date in 1962, While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.
  • 54 years ago today, Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for  the Apollo program astronauts.
  • That same date in 1971, The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
  • It was on this date in 1986, that The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German physician, physiologist, and anatomist, Johann Christian Reil, born on this date in 1759.
  • Born February 20, 1844, Austrian physicist and philosopher Ludwig Boltzmann.
  • Joshua Slocum, the Canadian sailor and adventurer was born 175 years ago today.
  • American engineer and politician, 3rd Governor of the Panama Canal Zone, Jay Johnson Morrow was born 149 years ago today.
  • Louis Kahn, the American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building was born 118 years ago today.
  • Born February 20, 1906, American actor Gale Gordon.
  • Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat, Sidney Poitier, born on this date in 1927.
  • Also born on that same date in 1931,  American mathematician and academic, John Milnor.
  • Australian minister and amateur astronomer, Robert Evans is 82 today.
  • J. Geils, the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born 73 years ago today.
  • Also turning 59 today is American comedian, actor, and screenwriter Joel Hodgson.
  • Also born on that same date in 1966,  American model and businesswoman, Cindy Crawford.
  • Born February 20, 1967, American singer-songwriter and guitarist Kurt Cobain.
  • Also turning 31 today is Barbadian-American singer-songwriter and actress Rihanna.

Listener birthdays this week:

  • 23 – Zhadum
  • 23 – Keith Hughes(a.k.a. EdGizmo)
  • 25 – Norbert
  • 25 – Sandi Sheppard (Mark’s lovely wife)
  • 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 February 20, 2019


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