Episode 639: Forget Costs. Neutrons are free of charge.

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On This Day In History for May 5, 2021

This is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1494, that Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica and claimed it for Spain.
  • Also today in 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread
  • Also on May 5, 1835, The first railway in continental Europe opened between Brussels and Mechelen
  • It was 130 years ago today, that The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor
  • It was on this date in 1925, that John T. Scopes was served an arrest warrant, as part of the Scopes Trial, for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act
  • That same date in 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into outer space, on a sub-orbital flight
  • It was 1 years ago today that The National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN to stop the operations of its free TV and radio stations one day after their 25 -year congressional franchise expired.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German geographer and academic, Ferdinand von Richthofen, born on this date in 1833.
  • Born May 5, 1883, American mathematician Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler.
  • Helen Redfield, the American geneticist was born 121 years ago today.
  • Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1921.
  • Born May 5, 1923, Canadian mathematician Cathleen Synge Morawetz.
  • English actor and screenwriter, Michael Palin, born on this date in 1943.
  • Also turning 77 today is Welsh actor and screenwriter John Rhys-Davies.
  • American screenwriter and producer, Josh Weinstein is 55 today.
  • English singer-songwriter, Adele, born on this date in 1988.

Listener Birthdays

  • 5 – Joe Mieczkowski host of Onthepodcast
  • 6 – Amber Pace (not really a listener, but a mother and a wife of listeners)
  • 6 – Bill Barbour
  • 6 – Steve Bickle
  • 6 – Brian Brown
  • 8 – Curtis Parish

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for May  5, 2021

  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link.


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