Episode 708: New Phone, Who Dis?

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On This Day In History for April 12, 2023

This is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 263 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 1928, that The Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 type aircraft, took off for the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west
  • Also on April 12, 1937, Sir Frank Whittle ground-tested the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England
  • That same date in 1955, The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective
  • Also on April 12, 1961, The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first crewed orbital flight, Vostok 1
  • On April 12, 1980, Canadian runner and athlete, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope Run in St. John’s, NF
  • It was on this date in 1981, that The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) took place: The STS-1 mission
  • Jim Gary’s “Twentieth Century Dinosaurs” exhibition opened at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He is the only sculptor ever invited to present a solo exhibition there on this date in 1990
  • It was also this date in 1992 that The Euro Disney Resort officially opened with its theme park Euro Disneyland; the resort and its park’s name are subsequently changed to Disneyland Paris

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • English naturalist and physician, Martin Lister, born on this date in 1639.
  • Belgian mathematician and engineer, Germinal Pierre Dandelin was born 229 years ago today.
  • Born April 12, 1852, German mathematician and academic Ferdinand von Lindemann.
  • Imogen Cunningham, the American photographer and educator was born 140 years ago today.
  • German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate, Otto Meyerhof was born 139 years ago today.
  • Evelyn Berezin, the American computer scientist and engineer was born 98 years ago today.
  • Ukrainian-Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut, Igor Volk was born 86 years ago today.
  • Also born on that same date in 1940,  American pianist, composer, and bandleader, Herbie Hancock.
  • American historian and author, Tom Clancy was born 76 years ago today.
  • American comedian and talk show host, David Letterman is 76 today.

Listener Birthdays

  • 14 – Danny Harnish
  • 16 – Donna Tomasi
  • 18 – Skaifey (Anthony)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 12, 2023

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