Episode 695: One-Way Ticket to Laugh-a-lot Land

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On This Day In History for December 14, 2022

This is the 348th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 17 days remaining in 2022

  • It was on this date in 1782, that The Montgolfier brothers first test flew an unmanned hot air balloon in France; it floated nearly 2.5 km (1.6 mi).
  • Also on December 14, 1900, Max Planck presented a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law in quantum theory at the Physic Society in Berlin.
  • The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu. on this date in 1902
  • It was on this date in 1903, that The Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • Also on December 14, 1918, The 1918 United Kingdom general election occurred, the first where women were permitted to vote.
  • It was on this date in 1940, that Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) was first isolated at Berkeley, California
  • That same date in 1948, Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann were granted a patent for their cathode-ray tube amusement device, the earliest known interactive electronic game.
  • On December 14, 1962, NASA’s Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus
  • Also today in 1972, Eugene Cernan was the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt completed the third and final extravehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.
  • Also on December 14, 1994, Construction began on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river
  • It was on this date in 2017, that The Walt Disney Company announced that it would acquire 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio, for $52.4 billion

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Danish astronomer and chemist, Tycho Brahe, born on this date in 1546.
  • Born December 14, 1794, American businessman and politician Erastus Corning.
  • Edward Lawrie Tatum, the American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 113 years ago today.
  • German-American physicist and engineer, Hans von Ohain was born 111 years ago today.
  • Nikolay Basov, the Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 100 years ago today.
  • David R. Harris, English geographer, anthropologist, and archaeologist was born on that same date in 1930.
  • Canadian physicist and astronaut, Steve MacLean is 68 today.
  • American mathematician and academic, Jill Pipher, born on this date in 1955.

Listener Birthdays

  • 14 – Michael Spence from Brother Osric’s Scriptorium
  • 17 – Jorge Schrauwen
  • 20 – Phil Burchill the 9 year old I started listening to Technorama when I turned 21 this year (2017)!

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December  14, 2022

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