Episode 723: ChatGPT is the only one that understands our sense of humor


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On This Day In History for September 20, 2023

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

  • It was on this date in 1519, that Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition which ultimately culminated in the first circumnavigation of the globe
  • Also on September 20, 1893, Charles Duryea and his brother road-tested the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile
  • It was on this date in 1946, that The first Cannes Film Festival was held, having been delayed for seven years due to World War II.
  • It was 56 years ago today that The Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 was launched in Clydebank, Scotland.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Italian missionary, cartographer and historian, Martino Martini, born on this date in 1614.
  • Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, the Russian admiral, cartographer, and explorer was born 245 years ago today.
  • American inventor, Frederick Ellsworth Sickels was born 204 years ago today.
  • Scottish-English chemist and physicist, James Dewar, born on this date in 1842.
  • American inventor and chemist, Carleton Ellis was born 147 years ago today.
  • Born September 20, 1906, Russian mathematician Vera Faddeeva.
  • Jay Ward, American animator, producer, and screenwriter, founded Jay Ward Productions was born on that same date in 1920.
  • American mathematician and philosopher, Richard Montague, born on this date in 1930.
  • Italian actress Sophia Loren is 89 today.
  • American novelist and short story writer, George R. R. Martin, born on this date in 1948.
  • Also born on that same date in 1954,  American businessman, co-founded Broadcom Corporation, Henry Samueli.

Listener Birthdays

  • 20 – Joel Harper (Rincewind) / Milwaukee WI
  • 20 – Joel Rickenbach [deceased] (host of the You’ve Got Geek Podcast)
  • 21 – Dean Jensen (Beaker1)
  • 22 – Matthew Tjarks (Jharks)
  • 26 – Brett (from Wales)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for September 20, 2023

  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our website and look for the Birthday Calendar link.


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