Episode 630: I slapped my neon on that one

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  • QOTW: What common product has a feature you’re not sure that everyone is aware of?

On This Day In History for February 17, 2021

This is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1863, that a group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • It was 157 years ago today, that the H. L. Hunley became the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.
  • That same date in 1867, The first ship passed through the Suez Canal.
  • On February 17, 1933, Newsweek magazine was first published.
  • That same date in 1959, the first weather satellite was launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • On February 17, 1965, the Ranger 8 probe launched on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the “Sea of Tranquility” would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
  • That same date in 1972, Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceeded those of the Ford Model T.
  • On February 17, 1996, NASA’s Discovery Program began as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifted off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German astronomer and academic, Tobias Mayer, born on this date in 1723.
  • Swiss physicist and meteorologist, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure was born 281 years ago today.
  • Nicolas Baudin, French cartographer and explorer was born on that same date in 1754.
  • French physician invented the stethoscope, René Laennec was born 240 years ago today.
  • Aaron Montgomery Ward, the American businessman, founded Montgomery Ward was born 178 years ago today.
  • Jacqueline Ferrand, French mathematician was born on that same date in 1918.
  • American actor and director, Hal Holbrook, born on this date in 1925.
  • Also turning 59 today is American actor and director Lou Diamond Phillips.
  • American comedian and voice actor, Larry the Cable Guy is 58 today.
  • Also turning 50 today is American model and actress Denise Richards.
  • Also born on that same date in 1981,  American model, media personality, actress, singer, DJ, author and businesswoman, Paris Hilton.

Listener Birthdays

  • 17 – Bob Trate of MegaPodTastic and Action Figure Junkies
  • 18 – Hot John Miller of MegaPodTastic
  • 18 – Ray Insalaco – Central Village, CT
  • 19 – Scooter in Connecticut
  • 19 – Steve in Sumter
  • 19 – Steve Cody(Columbia, SC)
  • 23 – Zhadum
  • 23 – Keith Hughes(a.k.a. EdGizmo)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for February 17, 2021

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