Episode 575: Between two pillows

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On This Day In History for August 28, 2019

This is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.
  • That same date in 1789, William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn later named Enceladus.
  • It was on this date in 1830, that The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s new Tom Thumb steam locomotive races a horse-drawn car, presaging steam’s role in U.S. railroads.
  • Also today in 1845, The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • The Carrington event is the strongest geomagnetic storm on record to strike the Earth. Electrical telegraph service is widely disrupted on this date in 1859.
  • It was also this date in 1867 that The United States takes possession of the (at this point unoccupied) Midway Atoll.
  • Also today in 1898, Caleb Bradham’s beverage “Brad’s Drink” is renamed “Pepsi-Cola”.
  • That same date in 1937, Toyota Motors becomes an independent company.
  • Also on August 28, 1993, The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and philosopher, Antoine Augustin Cournot, born on this date in 1801.
  • Italian-American engineer, Secondo Campini was born 115 years ago today.
  • Dutch-American mathematician and economist Nobel Prize laureate, Tjalling Koopmans, born on this date in 1910.
  • Born August 28, 1913, American businessman, founded the Dreyfus Corporation Jack Dreyfus.
  • Jack Kirby, American author and illustrator was born on that same date in 1917.
  • Canadian physicist and engineer, John Herbert Chapman was born 98 years ago today.
  • Also turning 80 today is English mathematician and academic John Kingman.
  • American actor and singer, David Soul is 76 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1965,  Canadian singer-songwriter, Shania Twain.
  • American actor and comedian, Jack Black, born on this date in 1969.
  • Also born on that same date in 1969,  Canadian actor, director, and producer, Jason Priestley.
  • Also turning 45 today is Swedish game designer and programmer Johan Andersson.

Listener Birthdays

  • August –
    • 30 – Maximilian Björsten, Stockholm Sweden
    • 31 – Tim Downing
  • September-
    • 01 – David Kloempken
    • 02 – Scott Tyler

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 28, 2019

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