Episode 682: This thing is Fizzy!

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On This Day In History for August 17, 2022

This is the 229th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining in 2022.

  • It was on this date in 1585, that A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh under the charge of Ralph Lane landed in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina
  • Also today in 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left New York City for Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world
  • That same date in 1896, Bridget Driscoll became the first recorded case of a pedestrian killed in a collision with a motor car in the United Kingdom
  • It was on this date in 1958, that Pioneer 0, America’s first attempt at lunar orbit, was launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and failed. Notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country
  • August 17, 1970, Venera 7 launched. It would later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus)
  • 45 years ago today, the Soviet icebreaker Arktika became the first surface ship to reach the North Pole
  • Also today in 1978, Double Eagle II became first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American stage and film actress, Mae West, born on this date in 1893.
  • Born August 17, 1896, American general and engineer Leslie Groves.
  • Francis Gary Powers, the American captain and pilot was born 93 years ago today.
  • American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner, Margaret Heafield Hamilton, born on this date in 1936.
  • Also turning 79 today is American actor, entrepreneur, director, and producer Robert De Niro.
  • American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison, born on this date in 1944.
  • Richard Hunt, American Muppet performer was born on that same date in 1951.
  • American actor, director, and political activist, Sean Penn is 62 today.

Listener Birthdays

  • 17 – Clive Jevons, Baeumenheim German, Kevin (SusietheGeek’s son and Geek in Training)
  • 19 – Brian Litecky (blitecky)
  • 19 – Matt Rider (The Eagle Scout Geek )
  • 20 – Jedi_Kez (aka Brian From Winnipeg)
  • 22 – Zoidberg [1967]
  • 22 – Kyle Slingo
  • 22 – AlchemyDragon

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August  17, 2022

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