Episode 674: A Formidable Foe

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On This Day in History for May 18, 2022

This is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining in 2022.

  • It was on this date in 1499, that Alonso de Ojeda set sail from Cádiz on his voyage to what is now Venezuela
  • It was also this date in 1953 that Jackie Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier
  • Apollo program: Apollo 10 was launched on this date in 1969
  • On May 18, 1974, Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonated its first nuclear weapon becoming the sixth nation to do so
  • Also on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage
  • 17 years ago today, A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet, Omar Khayyám, born on this date in 1048.
  • Born May 18, 1711, Ragusan physicist, astronomer, and mathematician Roger Joseph Boscovich.
  • English engineer, mathematician, and physicist, Oliver Heaviside, born on this date in 1850.
  • Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and engineer was born on that same date in 1889.
  • American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Vincent du Vigneaud, born on this date in 1901.
  • Born May 18, 1912, American singer and television host Perry Como.
  • Don Martin, American cartoonist was born on that same date in 1931.
  • Also born on that same date in 1941,  Scottish astronomer, physicist, and academic, Malcolm Longair.
  • Also turning 52 today is American actress, producer, and screenwriter Tina Fey.
  • Also born on that same date in 1979,  Swedish video game designer, co-designed Minecraft, Jens Bergensten.

Listener Birthdays


  • 22 – Tim Elliott
  • 23 – Kris Ziel Host and producer of The AVScast and 24 Under Review
  • 26 – Eli Yukelzon
  • 27 – Tonya from Dancing With Elephants
  • 28 – Chris Martens, Host of The Jesus Geeks, Z Net Central, and Producer of On The Edge Of Darkness
  • 30 – Petri Lopia
  • 31 – Troy Dunlavy


  • 1 – Selganor
  • 2 – Anthony Gartner (Enigmavb)
  • 4 – Leo Schrauwen – history and pictures from Ekeren (Antwerp, Belgium) in Dutch
  • 4 – Tara Parkman (daughter of Richard Parkman)
  • 6 – Adam Larson (UncleAdam)
  • 6 – Grandma Grace (1921)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for May 18, 2022

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