Episode 601: It’s all downhill from here

It's all downhill from here.

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On This Day In History for May 20, 2020

This is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1570, that Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
  • Also on May 20, 1609, Shakespeare’s sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe..
  • 158 years ago today, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law, opening 84 million acres of public land to settlers..
  • Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets. on this date in 1873.
  • That same date in 1875, Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • On May 20, 1883, Krakatoa began to erupt; the volcano exploded three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.
  • Also today in 1891, The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
  • May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
  • 56 years ago today, Discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation by Robert Woodrow Wilson and Arno Penzias.
  • Also today in 1983, First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
  • That same date in 2019, The International System of Units redefined the base units, making the international prototype of the kilogram obsolete.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express, William Fargo, born on this date in 1818.
  • Born May 20, 1851, German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record Emile Berliner.
  • German chemist, zymologist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Eduard Buchner, born on this date in 1860.
  • Born May 20, 1879, German chemist Hans Meerwein.
  • English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S.6B, R. J. Mitchell, born on this date in 1895.
  • James Stewart, the American actor was born 112 years ago today.
  • Born May 20, 1925, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-144 Alexei Tupolev.
  • Joe Cocker, English singer-songwriter was born on that same date in 1944.
  • Also born on that same date in 1946,  American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, Cher.
  • Also turning 71 today is Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Dave Thomas.
  • American colonel, engineer, and astronaut, Thomas Akers is 69 today.

Listener Birthdays (May 20-26)

  • 22 – Tim Elliott
  • 23 – Kris Ziel Host and producer of The AVScast and 24 Under Review
  • 26 – Eli Yukelzon

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for May 20, 2020

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