Episode 621: Number 9, Number 9, Number 9

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On This Day In History for December 9, 2020

This is the 344th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1793, that New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, was established by Noah Webster.
  • It was also this date in 1868 that The first traffic lights were installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
  • That same date in 1950,Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
  • December 9, 1953, General Electric announced that all communist employees will be discharged from the company.
  • 58 years ago today, The Petrified Forest National Park was established in Arizona.
  • Also today in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas, first in a series of Peanuts television specials, debuted on CBS.
  • It was also this date in 1968 that Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as “The Mother of All Demos”, publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).
  • Also today in 1979, The eradication of the smallpox virus was certified, making smallpox the first of only two diseases that have been driven to extinction (rinderpest in 2011 being the other).

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Dutch mathematician and cartographer, Gemma Frisius, born on this date in 1508.
  • Dutch mathematician and astronomer, Metius was born 449 years ago today.
  • Polish-German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Fritz Haber, born on this date in 1868.
  • Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, theorist, and academic was born on that same date in 1883.
  • German-American fitness expert, developed Pilates, Joseph Pilates, born on this date in 1883.
  • Clarence Birdseye, the American businessman, founded Birds Eye was born 134 years ago today.
  • American admiral and computer scientist, designed COBOL, Grace Hopper, born on this date in 1906.
  • American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, James Rainwater was born 103 years ago today.
  • American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, William Lipscomb, born on this date in 1919.
  • American actor, Redd Foxx was born 98 years ago today.
  • Born December 9, 1928, American actor Dick Van Patten.
  • English actress, Judi Dench is 86 today.
  • American actor and voice artist, Michael Dorn, born on this date in 1952.
  • Also born on that same date in 1953,  American actor and producer, John Malkovich.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 9, 2020

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  • 9 – Steve Kite (BigUnit62)
  • 12 – Deckrd
  • 12 – Kevin Burns (Soleblaze)
  • 12 – Matt Blocker TheGiant
  • 12 – Rob Riehl (suriehl)
  • 12 – Pamela Gay from AstronomyCast
  • 14 – Michael Spence from Brother Osric’s Scriptorium
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