Episode 562: More Than a Feeling

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On This Day In History for April 17, 2019

This is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1492, that Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.
  • April 17, 1521, Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.
  • That same date in 1861, The state of Virginia’s secession convention votes to secede from the United States, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.
  • The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day on this date in 1907.
  • Also today in 1951, The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park.
  • 58 years ago today, A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
  • Also today in 1969, Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
  • Also on April 17, 1970, The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
  • That same date in 2014, NASA’s Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Italian priest and astronomer, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, born on this date in 1598.
  • J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. was born on that same date in 1837.
  • Born April 17, 1863, English mathematician and theorist Augustus Edward Hough Love.
  • Polish-American ufologist and author, George Adamski was born 128 years ago today.
  • Born April 17, 1906, American physician, co-founded Kaiser Permanente Sidney Garfield.
  • Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist was born on that same date in 1923.
  • American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV, Bud Paxson was born 84 years ago today.
  • Czech pianist, composer, and producer, Jan Hammer, born on this date in 1948.
  • American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Michael Sembello is 65 today.
  • English actor, Sean Bean, born on this date in 1959.

Listener birthdays

  • 16 – Donna Tomasi
  • 18 – Skaifey (Anthony)
  • 19 – Amanda (SusietheGeek’s daughter & Geek in Training)
  • 21 – Kim and Kreg’s Anniversary
  • 23 – Runtime

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 17, 2019


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