Episode 579: What About Brian?

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On This Day In History for October 30, 2019

This is the 303rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 62 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1925, that John Logie Baird creates Britain’s first television transmitter.
  • Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States on this date in 1938.
  • Also on October 30, 1945, Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color line.
  • It was 66 years ago today, that President Eisenhower approves the top-secret document NSC 162/2 concerning the maintenance of a strong nuclear deterrent force against the Soviet Union.
  • Also on October 30, 1961, The Soviet Union detonated the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful explosive device ever detonated.
  • Also today in 1973, The Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus for the second time.
  • Also on October 30, 1985, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for mission STS-61 -A, its final successful mission.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English physicist, mathematician, and architect, designed St Paul’s Cathedral, Christopher Wren, born on this date in 1632.
  • German electrical engineer, invented the Enigma machine, Arthur Scherbius was born 141 years ago today.
  • Italian-American bodybuilder, Charles Atlas, born on this date in 1893.
  • Manx archaeologist, historian, and curator, David M. Wilson is 88 today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1939, American singer-songwriter and model, Grace Slick.
  • American singer-songwriter and producer (The Temptations), Otis Williams, born on this date in 1941.
  • Also born on that same date in 1945, American actor, comedian, director, and producer, Henry Winkler.
  • Also turning 68 today is American actor Harry Hamlin.
  • American actor, game show host, and producer, Kevin Pollak is 62 today.
  • Also turning 56 today is American video game designer and programmer Rebecca Heineman.
  • American visual effects designer and television presenter, Tory Belleci is 49 today.
  • Also turning 32 today is Canadian entrepreneur, co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy Danielle Fong.

Listener Birthdays


  • 30 – WolfGeek (Indiana)


  • 01 – Amber Elstad
  • 02 – Mark McCoy
  • 03 – Ken Pace
  • 03 – Craig Glassner (aka Ranger Craig)
  • 04 – Avner (OMG, its 2014 – I’m 40 already)
  • 05 – Michael Corlett (from New Zealand)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 30, 2019

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