Episode 618: Now that that’s settled

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On This Day In History for November 4, 2020

This is the 309th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 57 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1783, that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 was performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.
  • Also today in 1847, Sir James Young Simpson, a Scottish physician, discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • It was on this date in 1890, that the City and South London Railway: London’s first deep-level tube railway opened between King William Street and Stockwell.
  • 98 years ago today, In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men found the entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
  • It was also this date in 1952 that The United States government established the National Security Agency, or NSA.
  • November 4, 1962, The United States concludes Operation Fishbowl, its final above-ground nuclear weapons testing series, in anticipation of the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
  • Also today in 1973, The Netherlands experiences the first Car-Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are used only by cyclists and roller skaters.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and engineer, Pierre-Simon Girard, born on this date in 1765.
  • Irish engineer, who invented the tractor, Harry Ferguson was born 136 years ago today.
  • Born November 4, 1904, Polish engineer, technician, and academic Tadeusz Żyliński.
  • Joseph Rotblat, the Polish-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 112 years ago today.
  • Ruth Handler, American businesswoman, created Barbie was born on that same date in 1916.
  • Walter Cronkite, the American journalist, voice actor, and producer was born 104 years ago today.
  • Art Carney, American actor, was born on that same date in 1918.
  • American scientist and engineer, Mary Sherman Morgan was born 99 years ago today.
  • Charles K. Kao, the Chinese physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate was born 87 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1937,  American actress and singer, Loretta Swit.
  • American actor, Ralph Macchio is 59 today.
  • Anton Buslov, Russian astrophysicist and journalist was born on that same date in 1983.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 4, 2020

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