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 Episode 575: Between two pillows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:54

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Chuck Tomasi – What was that toy that you just couldn’t live… Kreg Steppe – Technorama Question of the Week: What was that toy… Chuck – What statistic blew your mind? On This Day In History for August 28, 2019 This is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 125 days remaining in 2019. It was on this date in 1609, Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay. That same date in 1789, William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn later named Enceladus. It was on this date in 1830, that The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s new Tom Thumb steam locomotive races a horse-drawn car, presaging steam’s role in U.S. railroads. Also today in 1845, The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published. The Carrington event is the strongest geomagnetic storm on record to strike the Earth. Electrical telegraph service is widely disrupted on this date in 1859. It was also this date in 1867 that The United States takes possession of the (at this point unoccupied) Midway Atoll. Also today in 1898, Caleb Bradham’s beverage “Brad’s Drink” is renamed “Pepsi-Cola”. That same date in 1937, Toyota Motors becomes an independent company. Also on August 28, 1993, The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French mathematician and philosopher, Antoine Augustin Cournot, born on this date in 1801. Italian-American engineer, Secondo Campini was born 115 years ago today. Dutch-American mathematician and economist Nobel Prize laureate, Tjalling Koopmans, born on this date in 1910. Born August 28, 1913, American businessman, founded the Dreyfus Corporation Jack Dreyfus. Jack Kirby, American author and illustrator was born on that same date in 1917. Canadian physicist and engineer, John Herbert Chapman was born 98 years ago today. Also turning 80 today is English mathematician and academic John Kingman. American actor and singer, David Soul is 76 today. Also born on that same date in 1965,  Canadian singer-songwriter, Shania Twain. American actor and comedian, Jack Black, born on this date in 1969. Also born on that same date in 1969,  Canadian actor, director, and producer, Jason Priestley. Also turning 45 today is Swedish game designer and programmer Johan Andersson. Listener Birthdays August – 30 – Maximilian Björsten, Stockholm Sweden 31 – Tim Downing September- 01 – David Kloempken 02 – Scott Tyler And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 28, 2019 If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. News NASA investigating first alleged crime in space after accusation – Business Insider Complex quantum teleportation achieved for the first time Employees connect nuclear plant to the internet so they can mi...

 Episode 574: And down the Rabbit hole she goes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:26

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback What was the one toy you couldn’t do without when you were a kid? On This Day In History for August 21, 2019 This is the 233rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining in 2019. It was on this date in 1770, that James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales. 198 years ago today, Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances. That same date in 1883, An F5 tornado struck Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic. Also today in 1888, The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs. It was on this date in 1897, that Oldsmobile, an American automobile manufacturer and marque, is founded. 108 years ago today, The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincenzo Perugia, a Louvre employee. That same date in 1945, Physicist Harry Daghlian is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It was 62 years ago today, that The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile. August 21, 1961, Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit (in America), “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes. It was also this date in 1993 that NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. Also on August 21, 2017, A solar eclipse traverses the continental United States. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French mathematician and engineer, Hubert Gautier, born on this date in 1660. Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer and mathematician was born on that same date in 1665. Scottish engineer and inventor, created gas lighting, William Murdoch was born 265 years ago today. Jean Stas, the Belgian chemist and physician was born 206 years ago today. French chemist and academic, Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, born on this date in 1816. Nathaniel Everett Green, the English painter and astronomer was born 196 years ago today. Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer was born on that same date in 1906. Russian mathematician and physicist, Nikolay Bogolyubov was born 110 years ago today. Also born on that same date in 1938,  American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor, Kenny Rogers. Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist, Endre Szemerédi, born on this date in 1940. Also born on that same date in 1951,  Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, Eric Goles. English-Canadian actress, Kim Cattrall, born on this date in 1956. Canadian actress, Carrie-Anne Moss is 52 today. Russian-American computer scientist and businessman, co-founded Google, Sergey Brin, born on this date in 1973. Listener Birthdays 22 – Zoidberg [1967] 22 – Kyle Slingo 22 – AlchemyDragon 24 – Kira Fiore (Krazy Joe & Christine’s daughter) 25 – David “Grizzly” Smith from Grizzly’s Growls podcasts 27 – Chuck’s forgotten iPod If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 21, 2019 News NASA Giving Away Apollo-Era Saturn Rocket to Anyone who can Carry it Out

 Episode 573: Homerun | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:17

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback VoiceMail Favorite geek/nerd idol On This Day In History for August 14, 2019 This is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 139 days remaining in 2019. It was on this date in 1457, that Publication of the Mainz Psalter, the first book to feature a printed date of publication and printed colophon. On August 14, 1885, Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint. It was on this date in 1888, that An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London, England. It was 126 years ago today, that France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration. 118 years ago today, The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21. That same date in 1935, Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, creating a government pension system for the retired. Also on August 14, 1959, Founding and first official meeting of the American Football League. It was on this date in 1975, that The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens in London. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: Italian mathematician and physicist, Giambattista Benedetti, born on this date in 1530. Danish physicist and chemist, Hans Christian Ørsted was born 242 years ago today. Margaret Lindsay Huggins, Anglo-Irish astronomer and author was born on that same date in 1848. American dentist and gambler, Doc Holliday, born on this date in 1851. Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1865. Born August 14, 1866, Belgian mathematician and academic Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin. Frank Oppenheimer, the American physicist and academic was born 107 years ago today. Born August 14, 1914, African-American physicist, chemist, and academic Herman Branson. Also turning 86 today is Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Richard R. Ernst. Also born on that same date in 1945,  American actor, comedian, musician, producer, and screenwriter, Steve Martin. Also turning 69 today is American cartoonist Gary Larson. American producer, director, and screenwriter, Brannon Braga, born on this date in 1965. Also born on that same date in 1966,  American model, actress, and producer, Miss World United States 1986, Halle Berry. American chemist and astronaut, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, born on this date in 1969. Listener Birthdays 17 – Clive Jevons, Baeumenheim German, Kevin (SusietheGeek’s son and Geek in Training) 19 – Brian Litecky (blitecky) 19 – Matt Rider (The Eagle Scout Geek ) 20 – Jedi_Kez (aka Brian From Winnipeg) If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 14, 2019 News Hordes of Earth’s toughest creatures may now be living on Moon Hacks & Strange Stories MIT Invented a Camera That Can Read Closed Books

 Episode 572: Teaching Old Podcasters New Tricks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:50

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show.   Feedback Previous Question of the week: “What’s the most powerful scene you’ve seen in a movie?“ What is your favorite port of ports past? On This Day In History for August 7, 2019 This is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 146 days remaining in 2019. It was on this date in 1782, that George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart. On August 7, 1789, The United States Department of War is established. Also on August 7, 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California. IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I) on this date in 1944. It was 72 years ago today, that Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101 -day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America. Also today in 1955, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan. It was on this date in 1959, that The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design, and was minted until 2008. Also on August 7, 1959, Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars on this date in 1976. August 7, 1987, Lynne Cox becomes first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: French navigator and explorer, Louis de Freycinet, born on this date in 1779. Kermit Love, the American actor, puppeteer, and costume designer was born 103 years ago today. Stan Freberg, American puppeteer, voice actor, and singer was born on that same date in 1926. Canadian-American magician and author, James Randi is 91 today. Also turning 77 today is American singer B. J. Thomas. American humorist, novelist, short story writer, and radio host, Garrison Keillor, born on this date in 1942. Also born on that same date in 1960,  American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, David Duchovny. American actor, Cirroc Lofton, born on this date in 1978. Listener birthdays 08 – Philippa Ballantine 09 – Matt Coe (WoWaddict) [1991] 09 – Julia Posz – (Technorama Promo) 10 – Sam Martin 11 – Steve Wozniak 11 – David Brewer (Tyrion The Imp) 13 – Christine Fiore MegaPodTastic and Honey, You’ve *GOT* to See This! If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our

 Episode 571: The Check is in the Mail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * What NASA/Space Mission stands out in your mind? Mike Wills says, ” I can’t believe you guys missed the softball throw on this… What noise should an electric car make? Remember the Jetsons? https://youtu.be/QdWswvLPdE0“ On This Day In History for July 24, 2019 This is the 205th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 160 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1534, that French explorer Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France.* Also on July 24, 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.* July 24, 1847, After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.* That same date in 1847, Richard March Hoe,  American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.* 84 years ago today, The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.* Also on July 24, 1950, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.* It was on this date in 1966, that Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.* That same date in 1969, Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * French mathematician and explorer, Joseph Nicollet, born on this date in 1786.* Polish-German mathematician and theorist, Friedrich Schottky was born 168 years ago today.* French mathematician and academic, Émile Picard, born on this date in 1856.* Amelia Earhart, the American pilot and author was born 122 years ago today.* Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, NASA manager was born on that same date in 1919.* Also turning 87 today is German astronomer and academic Gustav Andreas Tammann.* American actress and comedian, Ruth Buzzi is 83 today.* American actor, Mark Goddard, born on this date in 1936.* Canadian-American astrophysicist and astronomer, Hugh Ross is 74 today.* Also born on that same date in 1946,  American comedian and actor, Gallagher.* Also turning 68 today is American actress Lynda Carter.* American actress, singer, and dancer, Jennifer Lopez is 50 today.* Also turning 38 today is American actress Summer Glau. Listener birthdays * 27 – Aaron Heath (Adelaide, Australia)* 27 – Wife of Will The Computer Guy* 29 – Shaun Farrell, host of the Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast* 30 -Brian Hunt aka Zaphodbblx* If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for July 24, 2019 News * Physicists Have Reversed Time on The Smallest Scale by Using a Quantum Computer*

 Episode 570: The Eagle Has Landed | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:51

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Chuck: What is your Go To video game (past or present)?* Kreg Steppe – Technorama Question of the week: What is your go to… On This Day In History for July 17, 2019 This is the 198th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 167 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1717, that King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel’s Water Music is premiered.* Also on July 17, 1867, Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the first dental school in the U.S. that is affiliated with a university.* That same date in 1899, NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.* 117 years ago today, Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.* On July 17, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are executed by Bolshevik Chekists at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia.* It was also this date in 1955 that Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.* It was on this date in 1962, the “Small Boy” test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada National Security Site.* Also on July 17, 1975, an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.* July 17, 1984, The national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.* It was 34 years ago today, that Founding of the EUREKA Network by former head of states François Mitterrand (France) and Helmut Kohl (Germany).* It was on this date in 1989, that First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.* July 17, 2001, Concorde is brought back into service nearly a year after the July 2000 crash. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German-American businessman and philanthropist, John Jacob Astor, born on this date in 1763.* Ephraim Shay, the American engineer, invented the Shay locomotive was born 180 years ago today.* Belgian priest, astronomer, and cosmologist, Georges Lemaître was born 125 years ago today.* Berenice Abbott, the American photographer was born 121 years ago today.* James Cagney, American actor and dancer was born on that same date in 1899.* Born July 17, 1912, Canadian-American radio and television host Art Linkletter.* Phyllis Diller, the American actress, comedian, and voice artist was born 102 years ago today.* Gordon Gould, American physicist and academic, invented the laser was born on that same date in 1920.* English car designer, co-founded the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper was born 96 years ago today.* Also born on that same date in 1929,  Russian mathematician and academic, Sergei K. Godunov.* Also turning 84 today is Canadian actor and producer Donald Sutherland.* Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, born on this date in 1947.* American actor, singer, and producer, David Hasselhoff is 67 today.* Also born on that same date in 1954,  American author, screenwriter, and producer, J. Michael Straczynski.* German chemist and politician, 8th Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, born on this date in 1954.* Also turning 64 today is American mycologist and author Paul Stamets.* Canadian-American cosmologist and astronomer,

 Episode 569: Rude, Crude and Podcasting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:31

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Q: If you could “install” one update to your body, what would it be? On This Day In History for July 10, 2019 This is the 191st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 174 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1212, that The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground.* It was also this date in 1499 that The Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returns to Lisbon after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama.* That same date in 1789, Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta.* July 10, 1913, The temperature in Death Valley, California, hits 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.* It was also this date in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins of John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.* July 10, 1938, Howard Hughes begins a 91 hour airplane flight around the world that will set a new record.* It was on this date in 1962, that Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.* On July 10, 1966, The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago. As many as 60,000 people attend.* Also today in 1978, ABC World News Tonight premieres on ABC.* On July 10, 1997, In London, scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution, placing an “African Eve” at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.* 19 years ago today, EADS, the world’s second-largest aerospace group is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA.* Also on July 10, 2007, Erden Eruç begins the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * English mathematician and astronomer, Roger Cotes, born on this date in 1682.* Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist and palaeontologist was born on that same date in 1809.* Alvan Graham Clark, the American astronomer was born 187 years ago today.* German brewer, co-founded Anheuser-Busch, Adolphus Busch was born 180 years ago today.* Born July 10, 1856, Serbian-American physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla.* Carl Orff, German composer and educator was born on that same date in 1895.* German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Kurt Alder was born 117 years ago today.* David Brinkley, American journalist was born on that same date in 1920.* Owen Chamberlain, the American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 99 years ago today.* Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American activist, co-founded the Special Olympics was born on that same date in 1921.* American actor, Fred Gwynne was born 93 years ago today.* Russian mathematician and academic, Grigory Barenblatt, born on this date in 1927.* Belarusian general, pilot, and astronaut, Pyotr Klimuk is 77 today.* Born July 10, 1945, American actor Ron Glass.* Also turning 72 today is American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor Arlo Guthrie.* American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer, Jessica Simpson is 39 today. Listener Birthdays * 10 – KHD a.k.a. The Devin* 11 – Steven Truax (rednecktech)* 12 – Shadowbird712 of

 Episode 568: Wookie Summer Shave | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:32

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback Claudio Miranda “Hey fellas!  Good to hear Technorama again after that hiatus. Funny enough, my receipt for tonight’s dinner was quite apropos for your return, so I thought I’d share.

 Episode 567: Spatial Anomaly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01:01

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Question of the week from Ep 566 On This Day In History for June 26, 2019 This is the 177th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 188 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1409, that the Roman Catholic Church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.* It was 225 years ago today, the Battle of Fleurus marked the first successful military use of aircraft.* Treaty of Nanking comes into effect, Hong Kong Island is ceded to the British “in perpetuity” on this date in 1843.* It was on this date in 1870, that The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.* It was also this date in 1886 that Henri Moissan isolated elemental Fluorine for the first time.* June 26, 1906, The first Grand Prix motor racing event held.* That same date in 1909, The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity.* Also today in 1927, The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.* It was also this date in 1934 that United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.* June 26, 1936, Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.* On June 26, 1942, The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat.* It was also this date in 1945 that The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 Allied nations in San Francisco, California.* On June 26, 1948, William Shockley files the original patent for the grown-junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.* It was also this date in 1963 that U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, underlining the support of the United States for democratic West Germany shortly after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall.* Also today in 1974, The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.* Elvis Presley held his final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana at Market Square Arena on this date in 1977. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Swedish chemist and mineralogist, Georg Brandt, born on this date in 1694.* French astronomer and academic, Charles Messier was born 289 years ago today.* Gauhar Jaan, One of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India. was born on that same date in 1873.* German mathematician and logician, Leopold Löwenheim was born 141 years ago today.* Willy Messerschmitt, German engineer, and businessman was born on that same date in 1898.* Frank Scott Hogg, the Canadian astronomer and academic was born 115 years ago today.* Slovak-American actor and singer, Peter Lorre, born on this date in 1904.* Maurice Wilkes, English computer scientist and physicist was born on that same date in 1913.* American computer scientist, Robert Everett is 98 today.* Russian soldier, pilot, and astronaut, Pavel Belyayev was born 94 years ago today.* American singer-songwriter and musician, Patty Smyth, born on this date in 1957.* American actor, Chris O’Donnell is 49 today.* Also born on that same date in 1993,  American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress, Ariana Grande.* Also turning 20 today is American actress Harley Quinn Smith. Listener birthdays

 Episode 566: The cold realities of time travel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Joe – Behind in Podcasts* Voicemail – Krazy Joe about the Family Truckster On This Day In History for 2019-06-19 This is the 170th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 195 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1586, that English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in North America.* 173 years ago today, The first officially recorded organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23 -1. Cartwright umpired.* On June 19, 1862, The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.* Also today in 1865, Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.* It was 109 years ago today, that The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.* It was also this date in 1915 that USS Arizona (BB-39) is launched.* It was 85 years ago today, that The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC).* 70 years ago today, The first ever NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.* Cold War: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York on this date in 1953.* June 19, 1964, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83 -day filibuster in the United States Senate.* Also today in 1978, Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.* Also on June 19, 2012, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after the publication of previously classified documents including footage of civilian killings by the US army.* That same date in 2018, The 10,000,000th United States Patent is issued. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal, born on this date in 1623.* Joseph Diaz Gergonne, the French mathematician and philosopher was born 248 years ago today.* Friedrich Sertürner, German chemist and pharmacist was born on that same date in 1783.* Italian astronomer and academic, Antonio Abetti, born on this date in 1846.* English physicist, engineer, and academic, Silvanus P. Thompson was born 168 years ago today.* Born June 19, 1874, Danish physicist and engineer Peder Oluf Pedersen.* Moe Howard, American comedian was born on that same date in 1897.* English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood was born 122 years ago today.* Born June 19, 1910, American chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate Paul Flory.* Aage Bohr, the Danish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 97 years ago today.* Also born on that same date in 1926,  American mathematician and inventor, Erna Schneider Hoover.* Viktor Patsayev, the Kazakh engineer and astronaut was born 86 years ago today.* American actress, Phylicia Rashad is 71 today.* American actress, Kathleen Turner, born on this date in 1954.* American singer-songwriter, dancer,

 Episode 564: Stardust in the Wind | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:08

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. On This Day In History for May 1, 2019 This is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1328, By the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.* It was also this date in 1707 that The Act of Union joining the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain takes effect.* May 1, 1753, Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.* Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt on this date in 1776.* It was 179 years ago today, that The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.* Also today in 1851, Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London.* 135 years ago today, Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.* Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States on this date in 1884.* Also today in 1885, The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opens for business.* On May 1, 1930, The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.* Also on May 1, 1931, The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.* It was also this date in 1956 that The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.* May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.* 52 years ago today, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married in Las Vegas.* Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States on this date in 1989.* 20 years ago today, SpongeBob SquarePants premieres on Nickelodeon after the 1999 Kids’ Choice Awards.* OpenOffice.org released version 1.0, the first stable version of the software on this date in 2002. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, Johannes Stadius, born on this date in 1527.* German missionary and astronomer, Johann Adam Schall von Bell was born 428 years ago today.* William Lilly, English astrologer was born on that same date in 1602.* Johann Jakob Balmer, the Swiss mathematician and physicist was born 194 years ago today.* Born May 1, 1910, American astronomer and ufologist J. Allen Hynek.* Jack Paar, the American comedian, author and talk show host was born 101 years ago today.* American commander, pilot, and astronaut, Scott Carpenter, born on this date in 1925.* Also turning 74 today is American singer-songwriter Rita Coolidge.* Also born on that same date in 1949,  American motorcycle designer, co-founded Orange County Choppers, Paul Teutul, Sr..* American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Ray Parker, Jr., born on this date in 1954. Listener Birthdays * 03 – Keao Wright* 03 – Leon* 05 – Joe Mieczkowski host of Onthepodcast* 06 – Amber Pace (not really a listener, but a mother and a wife of listeners)* 06 – Bill Barbour* 06 – Steve Bickle* 06 – Brian ‘the intern’ Brown* If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was,

 Episode 563: Like a Rhinestone Cowboy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:39

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Q: What film sequel is better than the original:* Technorama* Chuck* Kreg On This Day In History for April 24, 2019 This is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1558, that Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.* April 24, 1704, The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.* Also today in 1800, The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.* April 24, 1885, American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.* On April 24, 1895, Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop “Spray”.* 106 years ago today, The Woolworth Building, a skyscraper in New York City, is opened.* April 24, 1914, The Franck-Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, is presented to the German Physical Society.* Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the crew of the sunken Endurance on this date in 1916.* April 24, 1918, the first tank-to-tank combat in World War 1, during the second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.* Also on April 24, 1922, The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.* 66 years ago today, Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.* April 24, 1967, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.* It was 29 years ago today, that the Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Swedish-American engineer and businessman, developed the zipper, Gideon Sundback, born on this date in 1880.* Oscar Zariski, Russian-American mathematician and academic was born on that same date in 1899.* American actor, director, and producer, Richard Donner is 89 today.* American actress, singer, and dancer, Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934.* Born April 24, 1940, American author Sue Grafton.* Also turning 78 today is Australian-English guitarist and composer John Williams.* American lawyer and politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, born on this date in 1942.* Also turning 77 today is American singer, actress, activist, and producer Barbra Streisand.* Also born on that same date in 1947,  American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Roger D. Kornberg.* American actor, Michael O’Keefe is 64 today.* American director, producer, and screenwriter, Eric Kripke, born on this date in 1974.* Also born on that same date in 1982,  American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, Kelly Clarkson. Listener Birthdays

 Episode 562: More Than a Feeling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Question of the Week: What do you believe is the… – Technorama Podcast* Kreg Steppe – What say you?* Chuck – Universally awesome On This Day In History for April 17, 2019 This is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 258 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 1492, that Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.* April 17, 1521, Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day.* That same date in 1861, The state of Virginia’s secession convention votes to secede from the United States, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.* The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day on this date in 1907.* Also today in 1951, The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park.* 58 years ago today, A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.* Also today in 1969, Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.* Also on April 17, 1970, The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.* That same date in 2014, NASA’s Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * Italian priest and astronomer, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, born on this date in 1598.* J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. was born on that same date in 1837.* Born April 17, 1863, English mathematician and theorist Augustus Edward Hough Love.* Polish-American ufologist and author, George Adamski was born 128 years ago today.* Born April 17, 1906, American physician, co-founded Kaiser Permanente Sidney Garfield.* Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist was born on that same date in 1923.* American broadcaster, founded Home Shopping Network and Pax TV, Bud Paxson was born 84 years ago today.* Czech pianist, composer, and producer, Jan Hammer, born on this date in 1948.* American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Michael Sembello is 65 today.* English actor, Sean Bean, born on this date in 1959. Listener birthdays * 16 – Donna Tomasi* 18 – Skaifey (Anthony)* 19 – Amanda (SusietheGeek’s daughter & Geek in Training)* 21 – Kim and Kreg’s Anniversary* 23 – Runtime If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 17, 2019

 Episode 561: Deep in the swamps of Dagobah | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:50

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. Feedback * Q: What movie/book/tv show can you not get enough of?* Technorama* Chuck* Kreg On This Day In History for April 10, 2019 This is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 265 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 837, that Halley’s Comet makes its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles).* That same date in 1815, The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth’s climate for the next two years.* It was also this date in 1858 After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonnes (32,000 lb) bell for the Palace of Westminster, had cracked during testing, it is recast into the current 13.76 tonnes (30,300 lb) bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry.* April 10, 1866, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.* On April 10, 1872, The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.* It was on this date in 1912, that RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage.* The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City on this date in 1916.* April 10, 1925, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.* Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons on this date in 1970. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German mathematician, physicist, and physician, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, born on this date in 1651.* Born April 10, 1713, English geologist and clockmaker John Whitehurst.* Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist and academic was born on that same date in 1762.* Born April 10, 1919, American engineer and academic John Houbolt.* Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor and screenwriter was born 87 years ago today.* English chemist and academic, Carol V. Robinson is 63 today.* Also turning 60 today is American singer-songwriter and guitarist Brian Setzer.* American actor, producer, and screenwriter, Orlando Jones is 51 today.* English actress, Daisy Ridley, born on this date in 1992. Listener birthdays * 14 – Danny Harnish* 16 – Donna Tomasi * If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 10, 2019 News * GPS Rollover is today.

 Episode 560 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:57

Listen below with the audio player or Click Here for complete show notes and video from the show. On This Day In History for April 3, 2019 This is the 93rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 272 days remaining in 2019. * It was on this date in 686, that Maya king Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ assumes the crown of Calakmul.* Also today in 1860, The first successful United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins.* April 3, 1882, Robert Ford kills the infamous Jesse James.* On April 3, 1885, Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.* That same date in 1933, First flight over Mount Everest, by the British Houston-Mount Everest Flight Expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston.* On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He was assassinated the next day.* It was 46 years ago today, that Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.* Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default on this date in 1975.* Also on April 3, 1981, the Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.* That same date in 1996, Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his Montana cabin in the United States.* Also on April 3, 2000, Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.* April 3, 2007, a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.* On April 3, 2010, Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer. Happy birthday goes out on this date to: * German mathematician and astronomer, Michael Neander, born on this date in 1529.* Pierre Bretonneau, French doctor who performed the first successful tracheotomy was born on that same date in 1778.* American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine, Henry Luce, born on this date in 1898.* American singer and actress,  is 97 today.* Gus Grissom, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut was born on that same date in 1926.* Also turning 85 today is English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall.* Also born on that same date in 1944,  American singer, Tony Orlando.* American game show host, Ray Combs was born 63 years ago today.* Also turning 61 today is American actor, comedian, producer and television host Alec Baldwin.* American actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy is 58 today. Listener birthdays * 04 – Brian K – My Blog* 04 – Joel McLaughlin (aka Gorkon)* 05 – Chad Davis, Jon Issler (hsteckylf)* 05 – Griffin Sylvester (Ildreancipher)* 05 – Martine Tysmans – citytrips, travelling, jokes… (in Dutch)* 05 – Ringmaster Greg from Dancing With Elephants* 06 – Trevor Litecky (future Geek)* 07 – P.C. Haring* If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki. And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 3, 2019 News * Wind Turbines and Solar Panels Suspected of Ki...

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