Episode 570: The Eagle Has Landed

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On This Day In History for July 17, 2019

This is the 198th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1717, that King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel’s Water Music is premiered.
  • Also on July 17, 1867, Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the first dental school in the U.S. that is affiliated with a university.
  • That same date in 1899, NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.
  • 117 years ago today, Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.
  • On July 17, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are executed by Bolshevik Chekists at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
  • It was also this date in 1955 that Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
  • It was on this date in 1962, the “Small Boy” test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada National Security Site.
  • Also on July 17, 1975, an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.
  • July 17, 1984, The national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.
  • It was 34 years ago today, that Founding of the EUREKA Network by former head of states François Mitterrand (France) and Helmut Kohl (Germany).
  • It was on this date in 1989, that First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
  • July 17, 2001, Concorde is brought back into service nearly a year after the July 2000 crash.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German-American businessman and philanthropist, John Jacob Astor, born on this date in 1763.
  • Ephraim Shay, the American engineer, invented the Shay locomotive was born 180 years ago today.
  • Belgian priest, astronomer, and cosmologist, Georges Lemaître was born 125 years ago today.
  • Berenice Abbott, the American photographer was born 121 years ago today.
  • James Cagney, American actor and dancer was born on that same date in 1899.
  • Born July 17, 1912, Canadian-American radio and television host Art Linkletter.
  • Phyllis Diller, the American actress, comedian, and voice artist was born 102 years ago today.
  • Gordon Gould, American physicist and academic, invented the laser was born on that same date in 1920.
  • English car designer, co-founded the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper was born 96 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1929,  Russian mathematician and academic, Sergei K. Godunov.
  • Also turning 84 today is Canadian actor and producer Donald Sutherland.
  • Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, born on this date in 1947.
  • American actor, singer, and producer, David Hasselhoff is 67 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1954,  American author, screenwriter, and producer, J. Michael Straczynski.
  • German chemist and politician, 8th Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, born on this date in 1954.
  • Also turning 64 today is American mycologist and author Paul Stamets.
  • Canadian-American cosmologist and astronomer, Wendy Freedman, born on this date in 1957.
  • Also turning 48 today is Canadian author and activist Cory Doctorow.

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

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