Episode 612: Some people call it a Slingblade

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On This Day In History for September 16, 2020

This is the 260th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 106 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1620, that Pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower.
  • It was 140 years ago today that The Cornell Daily Sun printed its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the United States’ oldest, continuously-independent college daily.
  • September 16, 1908, The General Motors Corporation was founded.
  • On September 16, 1955, A Zulu-class submarine became the first to launch a ballistic missile.
  • TCN-9 Sydney is the first Australian television station to commence regular broadcasts on this date in 1956.
  • Also today in 1959, The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.
  • It was 59 years ago today that The United States National Hurricane Research Project dropped eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury.
  • Also today in 1961, Pakistan established its Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission with Abdus Salam as its head.
  • It was 45 years ago today that The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor made its maiden flight.
  • It was on this date in 1979, that Eight people escaped from East Germany to the west in a homemade hot air balloon.
  • September 16, 1979, The Sugarhill Gang were formed and Rapper’s Delight was released.
  • It was 33 years ago today that The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and theorist, Antoine Parent, born on this date in 1666.
  • Albrecht Kossel, German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1853.
  • James Cash Penney, the American businessman and philanthropist, founded J. C. Penney was born 145 years ago today.
  • Jacob Schick, American-Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Schick Razors was born on that same date in 1877.
  • Hungarian-American physiologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate, Albert Szent-Györgyi, born on this date in 1893.
  • Born September 16, 1898, American author and illustrator, co-created Curious George H. A. Rey.
  • Allen Funt, American director, producer, and screenwriter was born on that same date in 1914.
  • Born September 16, 1924, American actress Lauren Bacall.
  • American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, B.B. King, born on this date in 1925.
  • Peter Falk, American actor was born on that same date in 1927.
  • Also born on that same date in 1942,  American computer scientist and academic, Susan L. Graham.
  • American actor and environmental activist, Ed Begley Jr., born on this date in 1949.
  • Also born on that same date in 1956,  American magician and actor, David Copperfield.

Listener Birthdays:

  • 18 – Jeff Schultz (Gorbash)
  • 20 – Joel Harper (Rincewind) / Milwaukee WI
  • 20 – Joel Rickenbach [deceased] (host of the You’ve Got Geek Podcast)
  • 21 – Dean Jensen (Beaker1)
  • 22 – Matthew Tjarks (Jharks)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 16, 2020

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