Episode 581: Cold Solder Joints

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On This Day In History for November 20, 2019

This is the 324th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 41 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 1789, that New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  • November 20, 1805, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, premieres in Vienna.
  • It was on this date in 1820, that An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story.).
  • November 20, 1947, The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • It was on this date in 1969, that Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 11, 1971.
  • It was 34 years ago today that Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.
  • It was also this date in 1998 that Zarya – the first space station module component for the International Space Station was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French astronomer, Pierre Charles Le Monnier, born on this date in 1715.
  • José Antonio Alzate y Ramírez, the Spanish-Mexican scientist and cartographer was born 282 years ago today.
  • Victor D’Hondt, Belgian mathematician, lawyer, and jurist was born on that same date in 1841.
  • William Coblentz, the American physicist was born 146 years ago today.
  • Edwin Hubble, American astronomer and cosmologist was born on that same date in 1889.
  • French mathematician, André Bloch, born on this date in 1893.
  • British-American journalist and author, Alistair Cooke was born 111 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1939,  American actor and comedian, Dick Smothers.
  • American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor, Joe Walsh, born on this date in 1947.
  • Also born on that same date in 1968,  American astronaut, James Dutton.

Listener birthdays for November 13-26:

  • 15 – Jackie Breller (Krazy Joe & Christine’s daughter)
  • 15 – Chuck Jolley aka nitestarr – (Horn Lake, MS)
  • 22 – Tom Posz – (from California, USA)
  • 25 – Lane Williams
  • 26 – Joanie

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 20, 2019

  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.


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