Episode 722: Solid State Stupid

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On This Day In History for September 13, 2023

This is the 256th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 109 days remaining in 2023.

  • It was on this date in 509 BC, that The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome’s Capitoline Hill was dedicated on the ides of September
  • That same date in 1609, Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River
  • It was 209 years ago today, that In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British failed to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composed his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, which is later set to music and became the United States’ national anthem
  • That same date in 1848, Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survived an iron rod 1.24 inches (3.2 cm) in diameter being driven through his brain; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate discussion of the nature of the brain and its functions
  • It was also this date in 1898 that Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
  • Henry Bliss was the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident on this date in 1899
  • Also today in 1906, The Santos-Dumont 14 -bis made a short hop, the first flight of a fixed-wing aircraft in Europe
  • The IBM 305 RAMAC was introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage on this date in 1956
  • On September 13, 1977, General Motors introduced Diesel engine, with Oldsmobile Diesel engine, in the Delta 88, Oldsmobile 98, and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser models amongst others.
  • It was 38 years ago today, that Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan for the NES, which started the Super Mario series of platforming games
  • That same date in 2001, Civilian aircraft traffic resumed in the United States after the September 11 attacks

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • American inventor, engineer and businessman, Oliver Evans, born on this date in 1755.
  • Milton S. Hershey, American businessman, founded The Hershey Company was born on that same date in 1857.
  • Jesse L. Lasky, the American film producer, co-founded Famous Players-Lasky was born 143 years ago today.
  • Austrian-German mathematician and academic, Wilhelm Blaschke, born on this date in 1885.
  • Robert Robinson, the English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 137 years ago today.
  • American singer-songwriter and conductor, Ray Charles, born on this date in 1918.
  • Also turning 86 today is American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Sullivan Bluth Studios and Fox Animation Studios, Don Bluth.
  • Born September 13, 1939, American actor and voice artist Richard Kiel.
  • Also turning 79 today is American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer Peter Cetera.

Listener Birthdays

  • 14 – Andrew Peters (Perl Hacker from the UK)
  • 18 – Jeff Schultz (Gorbash)
  • 20 – Joel Harper (Rincewind) / Milwaukee WI
  • 20 – Joel Rickenbach [deceased] (host of the You’ve Got Geek Podcast)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 13, 2023

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