Episode 622: The Goose is Getting Fat

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On This Day In History for December 16, 2020

This is the 351st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1843, that The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date.
  • That same date in 1907, The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.
  • 83 years ago today, Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • Also on December 16, 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English novelist, Jane Austen, born on this date in 1775.
  • Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist, physicist, and philosopher was born on that same date in 1776.
  • Viktor Bunyakovsky, the Russian mathematician and academic was born 216 years ago today.
  • George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet was born on that same date in 1863.
  • Bertha Lamme Feicht, the American electrical engineer was born 151 years ago today.
  • Born December 16, 1882, German physicist and engineer Walther Meissner.
  • Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer was born on that same date in 1917.
  • Born December 16, 1928, American philosopher and author Philip K. Dick.
  • American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Billy Gibbons, born on this date in 1949.
  • Also turning 51 today is American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate Adam Riess.
  • American computer scientist and academic, Jen Golbeck is 44 today.
  • American actress, musician, and model, Krysten Ritter, born on this date in 1981.

Listener Birthdays

  • 17 – Jorge Schrauwen
  • 20 – Phil Burchill the 9 year old I started listening to Technorama with turned 21 this year (2017)!
  • 21 – James Ballard KarakSindru
  • 22 – Bo Pace
  • 22 – Luke “Chuck’s Stalker” Smith (2000)
  • 22 – Jason Pelloni, Tampa, FL

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

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