Episode 617: Wait! …Did you hear that?

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  • If you were an assassin, what would your trademark be that tells people it was you who committed the crime?

On This Day In History for October 28, 2020

This is the 302nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 64 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1492, that Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba on his first voyage to the New World.
  • It was 384 years ago today, that The Massachusetts Bay Colony voted to establish a theological college, which would later become Harvard University.
  • 294 years ago today, The novel Gulliver’s Travels was published.
  • Also on October 28, 1886, President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty.
  • On October 28, 1942, The Alaska Highway first connected Alaska to the North American railway network at Dawson Creek in Canada.
  • It was on this date in 1948, that Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT.
  • That same date in 1956, Elvis Presley received a polio vaccination on national TV.
  • On October 28, 1971, Prospero became the only British satellite to be launched by a British rocket.
  • It was on this date in 2009, that NASA successfully launched the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its short-lived Constellation program.
  • Also today in 2014, A rocket carrying NASA’s Cygnus CRS Orb-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded seconds after taking off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and engineer, Antoine Deparcieux, born on this date in 1703.
  • Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian priest, mathematician, astronomer, and explorer was born on that same date in 1718.
  • Born October 28, 1793, American businessman, founded Remington Arms, Eliphalet Remington.
  • Belgian mathematician and theorist, Pierre François Verhulst was born 216 years ago today.
  • Wilhelm Anderson, the Belarusian-Estonian astrophysicist and astronomer was born 140 years ago today.
  • Born October 28, 1905, Dutch mathematician Tatyana Pavlovna Ehrenfest.
  • Jonas Salk, American biologist and physician was born on that same date in 1914.
  • Also born on that same date in 1955,  American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft, Bill Gates.
  • American computer scientist and mathematician, Landon Curt Noll, born on this date in 1960.
  • Also turning 53 today is American video game designer, co-founded Id Software John Romero.
  • American computer scientist, Jawed Karim is 41 today.

Listener Birthdays

  • 28 – Dylan Licata (San Antonio)
  • 29 – Big Jim Clark, MegaPodTastic
  • 30 – WolfGeek (Indiana)
  • 1 – Amber Elstad
  • 2 – Mark McCoy
  • 3 – Ken Pace

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for October 28, 2020

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