Episode 625: Spiders in disguise

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On This Day In History for January 13, 2021

This is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 352 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1888, that The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C.
  • On January 13, 1910, The first public radio broadcast took place; a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci were sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
  • Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile, which was 30% lighter than a regular car on this date in 1942.
  • On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison.
  • It was also this date in 1978 that the United States Food and Drug Administration required all blood donations to be labeled “paid” or “volunteer” donors.
  • It was 28 years ago today that Space Shuttle Endeavour headed for space for the third time as STS-54 launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French astronomer and academic, Félix Tisserand, born on this date in 1845.
  • Born January 13, 1864, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Wilhelm Wien.
  • Alfred Fuller, Canadian-American businessman, founded the Fuller Brush Company was born on that same date in 1885.
  • Austrian-American mathematician from the Vienna Circle, Karl Menger was born 119 years ago today.
  • Robert Stack, the American actor was born 102 years ago today.
  • Born January 13, 1926, English soldier and author, created Paddington Bear Michael Bond.
  • Charles Nelson Reilly, the American actor, comedian, director, game show panelist, and television personality was born 90 years ago today.
  • Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian was born on that same date in 1935.
  • Indian commander, pilot, and astronaut, Rakesh Sharma, born on this date in 1949.
  • Also turning 61 today is American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate Eric Betzig.
  • Also born on that same date in 1961,  American actress, comedian, and producer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Listener birthdays

  • 14 – Glynne Tolar
  • 15 – Ralph Whitfield (aka GoofyRalph)
  • 17 – fuffy_frog (aka Kristina) originally from Canada but now from Thailand

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 13, 2021

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