Episode 705: Release Boredom in a Fun Way

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On This Day In History for March 22, 2023

This is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 284 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 1508, that Ferdinand II of Aragon commissioned Amerigo Vespucci chief navigator of the Spanish Empire.
  • It was 392 years ago today, that The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
  • On March 22, 1895, Before the Société pour L’Encouragement à l’Industrie, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrated movie film technology publicly for the first time.
  • It was on this date in 1960, that Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes received the first patent for a laser
  • On March 22, 1963, The Beatles released their debut album Please Please Me.
  • March 22, 1982, NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3
  • The Intel Corporation shipped the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path on this date in 1993
  • Also on March 22, 1995, Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space
  • 26 years ago today, Comet Hale-Bopp reached its closest approach to Earth at 1.315 AU.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Persian astronomer and mathematician, Ulugh Beg, born on this date in 1394.
  • Born March 22, 1785, English scientist Adam Sedgwick.
  • Greek scientist, Anastassios Christomanos was born 182 years ago today.
  • American novelist and short story writer, Louis L’Amour, born on this date in 1908.
  • Werner Klemperer, German-American actor was born on that same date in 1920.
  • Born March 22, 1924, American journalist and author, founded USA Today Al Neuharth.
  • Russian test pilot, participant in the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite, Yevgeny Ostashev, born on this date in 1924.
  • Also born on that same date in 1940,  American physicist and inventor, George Edward Alcorn, Jr..
  • Also turning 77 today is American mathematician, computer scientist, and author Rudy Rucker.

Listener Birthdays

  • 23 – Steve Riekeberg a.k.a. MissingIntellect of Geek Cred
  • 23 – Richard Parkman
  • 25 – Nicholas St Gabriel
  • 26 – Chuck Tomasi
  • 26 – Brina Baird in Hampton, VA

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for March 22, 2023

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