Episode 635: No Joke

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On This Day In History for March 31, 2021

This is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 275 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1889, that The Eiffel Tower was officially opened.
  • On March 31, 1918, Daylight saving time went into effect in the United States for the first time
  • It was 91 years ago today, that The Motion Picture Production Code was instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty-eight years
  • It was on this date in 1951, that Remington Rand delivered the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau
  • 55 years ago today, The Soviet Union launched Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon
  • That same date in 1970, Explorer 1 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere after 12 years in orbit
  • On March 31, 1998, Netscape released Mozilla source code under an open source license

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • French mathematician and philosopher, René Descartes, born on this date in 1596.
  • Born March 31, 1730, French mathematician and theorist Étienne Bézout.
  • Dutch-American astronomer and academic, Adriaan van Maanen was born 137 years ago today.
  • Australian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, William Lawrence Bragg, born on this date in 1890.
  • Japanese physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Sin-Itiro Tomonaga was born 115 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1943,  American actor, Christopher Walken.
  • Also turning 76 today is American computer scientist and engineer, founder of Pixar, Edwin Catmull.
  • American soldier and politician, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel Prize laureate (and reported inventor of the Internet), Al Gore, born on this date in 1948.

Listener Birthdays

  • 4 – Brian K
  • 4 – Joel McLaughlin (aka Gorkon)
  • 4 – Amy Bowen
  • 5 – Chad Davis, Jon Issler (hsteckylf)
  • 5 – Griffin Sylvester (Ildreancipher)
  • 5 – Martine Tysmans – citytrips, travelling, jokes… (in Dutch)
  • 5 – Ringmaster Greg from Dancing With Elephants
  • 6 – Trevor Litecky (future Geek)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for March 31, 2021

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