Episode 640: Wagon train…to the stars!

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  • QOTW: What’s a quote that permanently changed the way you look at things?

On This Day In History for May 19, 2021

This is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 226 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1743, that Jean-Pierre Christin developed the centigrade temperature scale
  • Also on May 19, 1961, Venera 1 became the first man-made object to fly by another planet by passing Venus (the probe had lost contact with Earth a month earlier and did not send back any data)
  • 59 years ago today, A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight was Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday”
  • May 19, 1971, Mars 2 was launched by the Soviet Union
  • On May 19, 1996, Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on mission STS-77.
  • Also today in 2000, Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched on mission STS-101 to resupply the International Space Station.
  • It was on this date in 2018, that The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American businessman and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins, born on this date in 1795.
  • John Jacob Abel, American biochemist and pharmacologist was born on that same date in 1857.
  • Born May 19, 1903, American scientist Ruth Ella Moore.
  • American minister and activist, Malcolm X, born on this date in 1925.
  • English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars, Colin Chapman was born 93 years ago today.
  • Dick Scobee, the American colonel, pilot, and astronaut was born 82 years ago today.
  • American computer scientist, founded Digital Research Inc., Gary Kildall, born on this date in 1942.
  • Jamaican-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, Grace Jones is 73 today.
  • American singer-songwriter and bass player, Dusty Hill, born on this date in 1949.
  • Joey Ramone, American singer-songwriter was born on that same date in 1951.
  • Canadian-American computer scientist, created Java, James Gosling is 66 today.

Listener Birthdays

  • 14 – JPCJ
  • 22 – Tim Elliott
  • 23 – Kris Ziel Host and producer of The AVScast and 24 Under Review
  • 26 – Eli Yukelzon

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for May  19, 2021

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  • What fictional character should have been hit with a huge lawsuit at the end of the story?

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