Episode 605: Interstellar Turnpike

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On This Day In History for June 24, 2020

This is the 176th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 190 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 109, that Roman emperor Trajan inaugurated the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Rome.
  • June 24, 1374, A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
  • Also today in 1497, John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
  • June 24, 1604, Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present-day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
  • That same date in 1717, The Premier Grand Lodge of England is founded in London, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England).
  • Also today in 1916, Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
  • It was on this date in 1918, that First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
  • It was 82 years ago today, that Pieces of a meteorite landed near Chicora, Pennsylvania. The meteorite is estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded.
  • It was on this date in 1947, that Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
  • On June 24, 1949, The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, aired on NBC.
  • That same date in 1981, The Humber Bridge opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It remained the world’s longest bridge span for 17 years.
  • On June 24, 2012, Death of Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French chemist and businessman, founded DuPont, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, born on this date in 1771.
  • American inventor, Thomas Blanchard was born 232 years ago today.
  • Born June 24, 1852, German bacteriologist and academic Friedrich Loeffler.
  • American mathematician and academic (g. 1960), Oswald Veblen is 140 today.
  • Victor Francis Hess, the Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 137 years ago today.
  • American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company, Roy O. Disney was born 127 years ago today.
  • Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician and engineer was born on that same date in 1900.
  • William Penney, the Baron Penney, English mathematician and physicist was born 111 years ago today.
  • Argentinian physicist and academic, Ernesto Sabato, born on this date in 1911.
  • Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and author was born on that same date in 1915.
  • Born June 24, 1917, English cryptanalyst and numismatist Joan Clarke.
  • Al Molinaro, the American actor was born 101 years ago today.
  • Born June 24, 1924, Scottish astronomer and academic Archie Roy.
  • Martin Lewis Perl, the American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate was born 93 years ago today.
  • Also turning 91 today is American astronomer Carolyn S. Shoemaker.
  • English-American drummer, Mick Fleetwood, born on this date in 1942.
  • American colonel, engineer, and astronaut, Ellison Onizuka was born 74 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1947,  American actor and director, Peter Weller.
  • Also turning 67 today is American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate William E. Moerner.

Listener Birthdays (June 24-30)

  • 25 – Mark Sheppard (Wichita, Kansas) Born 1957
  • 25 – Jim Guckin from Philadelphia, Pa
  • 26 – Patrick Norton
  • 26 – Daughter of Will The Computer Guy
  • 27 – Jordan Burkhead, daughter of Chip Burkhead from The Scotchcast
  • 29 – Martin McKeay (Accch, this is the Big 40!)
  • 30 – Alexis Duran (ADdude)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for June 24, 2020

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