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On This Day In History for April 19, 2023
This is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 256 days remaining in 2023.
- It was on this date in 1770, that Captain James Cook, still holding the rank of lieutenant, sighted the eastern coast of what is now Australia.
- It was also this date in 1818 that French physicist Augustin Fresnel signed his preliminary “Note on the Theory of Diffraction” (deposited on the following day). The document ended with what we now call the Fresnel integrals
- April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann deliberately dosed himself with LSD for the first time, three days after having discovered its effects on April 16
- It was 52 years ago today that Salyut 1, the first space station, was launched.
- April 19, 1975, India’s first satellite Aryabhata was launched into orbit from Kapustin Yar, Russia
- Also today in 1987, The Simpsons first appeared as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, first starting with “Good Night”
- It was also this date in 1993 that The 51 -day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building in Waco, Texas, USA, ended when a fire broke out. Seventy-six Davidians, including eighteen children under the age of ten, died in the fire
- On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, USA, was bombed, killing 168 people including 19 children under the age of six
Happy birthday goes out on this date to:
- Norwegian-American engineer, invented the outboard motor, Ole Evinrude, born on this date in 1877.
- Richard von Mises, the Austrian-American mathematician and physicist was born 140 years ago today.
- American law enforcement agent, Eliot Ness, born on this date in 1903.
- Born April 19, 1912, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Glenn T. Seaborg.
- Jayne Mansfield, the American model and actress was born 90 years ago today.
- Also turning 59 today is American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Kim Weaver.
- Also born on that same date in 1981, Canadian actor, Hayden Christensen.
- American comedian and actress, Ali Wong is 41 today.
Listener Birthdays & other
- 19 – Amanda (SusietheGeek’s daughter & Geek in Training)
- 21 – Kim and Kreg’s Anniversary
And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 19, 2023
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Hacks & Strange Stories
- This Square-Wheeled Bicycle Works Like a Pedal-Powered Tank
- Surprising things happen when you put 25 AI agents together in an RPG town
- How This Museum is Building a 20-Foot-Tall Donkey Kong Arcade Cabinet
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