Episode 662: Footloose and fancy-free

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  • QOTW: If the internet existed in the 1920s, what kind of questions would people Google?

On This Day In History for January 26, 2022

This is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 339 days remaining in 2022.

  • It was on this date in 1788, that The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on Australia. Commemorated as Australia Day.
  • 96 years ago today, the first demonstration of the television by John Logie Baird.
  • January 26, 1949, the Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory saw first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 was built in 1976).
  • Also today in 1962, Ranger 3 was launched to study the Moon. The space probe later misses the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American general, Medal of Honor recipient, Douglas MacArthur, born on this date in 1880.
  • Polykarp Kusch, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born on that same date in 1911.
  • Born January 26, 1921, Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony, Akio Morita.
  • American journalist and film critic, Gene Siskel, born on this date in 1946.
  • American mathematician Susan Friedlander is 76 today.
  • Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer was born on that same date in 1955.
  • American comedian, actress, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 64 today.
  • Also turning 59 today is English singer-songwriter and guitarist Andrew Ridgeley.
  • Also born on that same date in 1967,  English businessman, co-founded Internet Movie Database, Col Needham.

Listener Birthdays

  • 26 – Will The Computer Guy
  • 27 – Mark in Memphis
  • 27 – Chip Burkhead from The Scotchcast
  • 29 – Sarah P. from NJ… who was born in OK, moved to VA, married Brad P, moved to NJ, and is now back in VA
  • 1 – Matt Baum aka Racer X, Pittsburgh PA
  • 1 – Brandon Kirkwold, MN

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 26, 2022

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  • What’s a very old game that’s 100% worth it to play now?

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