Episode 574: And down the Rabbit hole she goes

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On This Day In History for August 21, 2019

This is the 233rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1770, that James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
  • 198 years ago today, Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
  • That same date in 1883, An F5 tornado struck Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.
  • Also today in 1888, The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
  • It was on this date in 1897, that Oldsmobile, an American automobile manufacturer and marque, is founded.
  • 108 years ago today, The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincenzo Perugia, a Louvre employee.
  • That same date in 1945, Physicist Harry Daghlian is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • It was 62 years ago today, that The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • August 21, 1961, Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit (in America), “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes.
  • It was also this date in 1993 that NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
  • Also on August 21, 2017, A solar eclipse traverses the continental United States.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and engineer, Hubert Gautier, born on this date in 1660.
  • Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer and mathematician was born on that same date in 1665.
  • Scottish engineer and inventor, created gas lighting, William Murdoch was born 265 years ago today.
  • Jean Stas, the Belgian chemist and physician was born 206 years ago today.
  • French chemist and academic, Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, born on this date in 1816.
  • Nathaniel Everett Green, the English painter and astronomer was born 196 years ago today.
  • Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer was born on that same date in 1906.
  • Russian mathematician and physicist, Nikolay Bogolyubov was born 110 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1938,  American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor, Kenny Rogers.
  • Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist, Endre Szemerédi, born on this date in 1940.
  • Also born on that same date in 1951,  Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, Eric Goles.
  • English-Canadian actress, Kim Cattrall, born on this date in 1956.
  • Canadian actress, Carrie-Anne Moss is 52 today.
  • Russian-American computer scientist and businessman, co-founded Google, Sergey Brin, born on this date in 1973.

Listener Birthdays

  • 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
  • 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 21, 2019


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