Episode 647: There is a Rock in My Tread

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  • QOTW: What was the first movie you saw in a movie theater?

On This Day In History for August 11, 2021

This is the 223rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 142 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1858, that The Eiger in the Bernese Alps was ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren
  • 87 years ago today, The first civilian prisoners arrived at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island
  • That same date in 1942, Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones, two-way radio communications, and Wi-Fi
  • Also today in 1962, Vostok 3 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev became the first person to float in microgravity
  • It was also this date in 1969 that The Apollo 11 astronauts were released from a three-week quarantine following their liftoff from the moon.
  • It was 37 years ago today, while running for re-election, President Ronald Reagan while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio joked “We begin bombing in five minutes” 

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Hungarian engineer and chess player, Ottó Bláthy, born on this date in 1860.
  • Stephen Butterworth, English physicist and engineer was born on that same date in 1885.
  • German astronomer and academic, Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs was born 109 years ago today.
  • Alex Haley, American historian and author was born on that same date in 1921.
  • American businessman, founded International Data Group, Patrick Joseph McGovern was born 84 years ago today.
  • American computer scientist and programmer, co-founded Apple Inc., Steve Wozniak, born on this date in 1950.
  • French mathematician and academic, Pierre-Louis Lions is 65 today.
  • Also turning 64 today is Japanese technology entrepreneur and investor Masayoshi Son.
  • Also born on that same date in 1962,  English video game designer and co-founded Revolution Software, Charles Cecil.
  • Also turning 38 today is Australian actor Chris Hemsworth.

Listener Birthdays

  • 11 – Steve Wozniak
  • 11 – David Brewer (Tyrion The Imp)
  • 13 – Christine Fiore – co-host of MegaPodTastic and Honey, You’ve *GOT* to See This!
  • 17 – Clive Jevons, Baeumenheim German, Kevin (SusietheGeek’s son and Geek in Training)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August  11, 2021

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