Episode 696: Technorama’s 2023 New Years Party

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On This Day In History for January 4, 2023

This is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 361 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 1854, that The McDonald Islands were discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
  • Also on January 4, 1903, Topsy, an elephant, was electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. The Edison film company recorded the film Electrocuting an Elephant of Topsy’s death.
  • It was also this date in 1958 that Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, fell to Earth from orbit.
  • On January 4, 1959, Luna 1 became the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • Also January 4, 1975 was when the 12 -bit field that had been used in the TOPS-10 operating system overflowed. There were numerous problems and crashes related to this bug while an alternative format was developed.
  • Also today in 2004, Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, landed successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • On January 4, 2010, The Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world, officially opened in Dubai.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English mathematician and physicist (d. 1726/27), NS) – Isaac Newton, born on this date in 1643.
  • Born January 4, 1838, American circus performer General Tom Thumb.
  • Carl Humann, German archaeologist, architect, and engineer was born on that same date in 1839.
  • American engineer and businessman, co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co., Leroy Grumman was born 128 years ago today.
  • American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter, Dyan Cannon, born on this date in 1937.
  • Also born on that same date in 1940, Welsh physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Brian Josephson.
  • Also turning 78 today is American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Richard R. Schrock.
  • Also born on that same date in 1958, American-Canadian actor, Matt Frewer.

Listener Birthdays

  • 3 – Thomas Gideon (The Command Line Podcast)
  • 6 – Steve Therrien (Canada)
  • 8 – Elvis!
  • 9 – Lingo from the Brit & Yankee pubcast

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January  4, 2023. If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link.


General Discussion

  • What did you get for Christmas

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  • Kreg – Black Adam – HBOMax
  • Kreg – White Noise – Netflix
  • Kreg – Avatar – Disney+
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  • Kreg – Glass Onion: Knives Out – Netflix
  • Kreg – Top Gun: Maverick – Paramount+
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  • What are you hopeful for in the new year? (Movies, Shows, anything)

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