Episode 589: Love you to the Moon and Back

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On This Day In History for February 12, 2020

This is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1855, that Michigan State University was established.
  • Also on February 12, 1909, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.
  • On February 12, 1915, In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put into place.
  • It was on this date in 1924, that George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue received its premiere in a concert titled “An Experiment in Modern Music”, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano.
  • Also today in 1947, The largest observed iron meteorite until that time created an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union.
  • It was also this date in 1961 that The Soviet Union launched Venera 1 towards Venus.
  • On February 12, 1963, Construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • February 12, 2001, NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French chemist and academic, Bernard Courtois, was born on this date in 1777.
  • French physicist and chemist, Pierre Louis Dulong was born 235 years ago today.
  • Heinrich Lenz, German-Italian physicist and academic was born on that same date in 1804.
  • Born February 12, 1877, French engineer and businessman, co-founded Renault Louis Renault.
  • American astronomer and academic, Lincoln LaPaz was born 123 years ago today.
  • French mathematician and philosopher, Jacques Herbrand, born on this date in 1908.
  • Born February 12, 1915, Canadian-American actor Lorne Greene.
  • Also born on that same date in 1954,  American cryptographer and programmer, Phil Zimmermann.
  • Also turning 64 today is American actor and talk show host Arsenio Hall.
  • American actor, Josh Brolin is 52 today.
  • Also turning 40 today is American actress and producer Christina Ricci.

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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February 12, 2020

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