Episode 719: Technically, the Glass is Always Half Full

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On This Day In History for August 2, 2023

This is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 1610, that During Henry Hudson’s search for the Northwest Passage, he sailed into what is now known as Hudson Bay
  • On August 2, 1790, The first United States Census was conducted
  • August 2, 1870, Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opened in London, England, United Kingdom
  • Also today in 1873, The Clay Street Hill Railroad began operating the first cable car in San Francisco’s famous cable car system
  • It was on this date in 1932, that The positron (antiparticle of the electron) was discovered by Carl D. Anderson
  • Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon on this date in 1939
  • It was 41 years ago today that The Helsinki Metro, the first rapid transit system of Finland, was opened to the general public.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Swiss paleontologist and scholar, Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, born on this date in 1672.
  • Born August 2, 1754, French-American architect and engineer, designed Washington, D.C. Pierre Charles L’Enfant.
  • Elisha Gray, American businessman, co-founded Western Electric was born on that same date in 1835.
  • Indian chemist and academic, Prafulla Chandra Ray was born 162 years ago today.
  • Born August 2, 1892, Canadian-born American production manager and producer, co-founded Warner Bros. Jack L. Warner.
  • Also born on that same date in 1902,  American mathematician (d.1997), Mina Rees.
  • Born August 2, 1924, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Carroll O’Connor.
  • Ceylon-American engineer and academic, K. Arulanandan, born on this date in 1925.
  • British-Irish actor and producer, Peter O’Toole was born 91 years ago today.
  • Born August 2, 1934, Russian general and cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky.
  • Also born on that same date in 1949,  Hungarian general and cosmonaut, Bertalan Farkas.
  • Also turning 70 today is American actor Butch Patrick.

Listener Birthdays

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  • 6 – Fritz The German
  • 6 – Julie Tomasi
  • 8 – Philippa Ballantine

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August  2, 2023

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