Episode 613: Some people call me the space cowboy

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On This Day In History for September 23, 2020

This is the 267th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 99 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1642, that The first commencement exercises occurred at Harvard College.
  • That same date in 1806, Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
  • 175 years ago today, The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, was founded in New York.
  • September 23, 1846, Astronomers Urbain Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborated on the discovery of Neptune.
  • Also on September 23, 1889, Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.
  • It was 109 years ago today that Pilot Earle Ovington made the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department.
  • Roland Garros of France became the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean (from St. Raphael in France to Bizerte, Tunisia) on this date in 1913.
  • That same date in 2002, The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) was released.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German astronomer and academic, Johann Franz Encke, born on this date in 1791.
  • Hippolyte Fizeau, the French physicist and academic was born 201 years ago today.
  • Born September 23, 1851, American mathematician and astronomer Ellen Hayes.
  • German engineer and businessman, founded Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch was born 159 years ago today.
  • Miron Merzhanov, Russian architect and engineer was born on that same date in 1895.
  • Born September 23, 1902, Chinese mathematician and academic Su Buqing.
  • Clifford Shull, the American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 105 years ago today.
  • American actor, singer, director, and producer, Mickey Rooney, born on this date in 1920.
  • André Cassagnes, the French toy maker, created the Etch A Sketch was born 94 years ago today.
  • American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor, Ray Charles, born on this date in 1930.
  • Also turning 77 today is Spanish singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias.
  • American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bruce Springsteen, born on this date in 1949.
  • Also turning 63 today is American actress Rosalind Chao.
  • American actor, singer, and voice artist, Jason Alexander, born on this date in 1959.

Listener Birthdays

  • 26 – Brett (from Wales)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 23, 2020

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