Episode 576: Light Year: Tastes Great, Less Filling

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On This Day In History for September 25, 2019

This is the 268th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 97 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1513, that Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa reaches what would become known as the Pacific Ocean.
  • On September 25, 1690, Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time.
  • The Teton Sioux (a subdivision of the Lakota) demand one of the boats from the Lewis and Clark Expedition as a toll for allowing the expedition to move further upriver on this date in 1804.
  • That same date in 1890, The United States Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.
  • It was on this date in 1906, that Leonardo Torres y Quevedo demonstrates the Telekino, guiding a boat from the shore, in what is considered to be the first use of a remote control.
  • That same date in 1956, TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, is inaugurated.
  • It was also this date in 1977 that About 4,200 people take part in the first running of the Chicago Marathon.
  • September 25, 1992, NASA launches the Mars Observer. Eleven months later, the probe would fail while preparing for orbital insertion.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English explorer and navigator, Steven Borough, born on this date in 1525.
  • Ole Rømer, the Danish astronomer and instrument maker was born 375 years ago today.
  • Jean-Baptiste Élie de Beaumont, French geologist and engineer was born on that same date in 1798.
  • German palaeontologist and geologist, Karl Alfred von Zittel, born on this date in 1839.
  • Harald Cramér, Swedish mathematician and statistician was born on that same date in 1893.
  • Russian pianist and composer, Dmitri Shostakovich was born 113 years ago today.
  • Also turning 90 today is American journalist, producer, and author Barbara Walters.
  • American author, poet, illustrator, and songwriter, Shel Silverstein, born on this date in 1930.
  • American toy creator and author, created Teddy Ruxpin, Ken Forsse was born 83 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1937,  American computer scientist and lawyer, Mary Allen Wilkes.
  • American actor and producer, Michael Douglas is 75 today.
  • American actor, singer, and producer, Mark Hamill, born on this date in 1951.
  • Christopher Reeve, American actor, producer, and activist was born on that same date in 1952.
  • Also born on that same date in 1956,  American special effects designer and television host, founded M5 Industries, Jamie Hyneman.
  • Also turning 63 today is American computer scientist, engineer, and author, founded the Thinking Machines Corporation W. Daniel Hillis.
  • American actress, Heather Locklear is 58 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1969,  Welsh actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Listener birthdays:


  • 18 – Jeff Schultz (Gorbash)
  • 20 – Joel Harper (Rincewind) / Milwaukee WI
  • 20 -Joel Rickenbach [deceased] (host of the You’ve Got Geek Podcast)
  • 21 – Dean Jensen (Beaker1)
  • 22 – Matthew Tjarks (Jharks)
  • 26 – Brett (from Wales)


  • 01 – 10/1 = 101 & Stephen Wesche (From Saint Louis Missouri) (Pronounced Like the first part of the word “Wet” and the word “She”)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 25, 2019

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