Episode 624: Happy New Year!

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On This Day In History for January 6, 2021

This is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 359 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1838, that Alfred Vail and colleagues demonstrated a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code)..
  • Also on January 6, 1847, Samuel Colt obtained his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the United States government..
  • Also today in 1912, German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presented his theory of continental drift..
  • It was also this date in 1930 that The first diesel-powered automobile trip was completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York, New York..
  • 74 years ago today, Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.
  • It was 47 years ago today, that In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commenced nearly four months early in the United States.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French martyr and saint, Joan of Arc, born on this date in 1412.
  • Born January 6, 1561, Danish mathematician and physicist Thomas Fincke.
  • French chemist and academic, Anselme Payen was born 226 years ago today.
  • Born January 6, 1807, German-Hungarian mathematician and physicist Joseph Petzval.
  • American cowboy and actor, Tom Mix was born 141 years ago today.
  • Danny Thomas, the American actor, comedian, producer and humanitarian was born 109 years ago today.
  • Born January 6, 1920, Korean religious leader; founder of the Unification Church Sun Myung Moon.
  • Earl Scruggs, the American banjo player was born 97 years ago today.
  • American engineer and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company, John DeLorean, born on this date in 1925.
  • American actor, Vic Tayback was born 91 years ag today.
  • Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, the Russian engineer and astronaut was born 88 years ago today.
  • Born January 6, 1944, American actress and singer Bonnie Franklin.
  • Also turning 77 today is Swiss immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Rolf M. Zinkernagel.
  • Also born on that same date in 1948,  American colonel and astronaut, Guy Gardner.
  • British-American astrophysicist and astronaut, Michael Foale, born on this date in 1957.
  • Born January 6, 1968, American director, producer, and screenwriter John Singleton.

Listener Birthdays

  • 3 – Thomas Gideon (The Command Line Podcast)
  • 6 – Steve Therrien (Canada)
  • 8 – Elvis!
  • 9 – Lingo from the Brit & Yankee pubcast

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 6, 2021.

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