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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #75 on: 11/01/2012 16:05:05 »
Sorry I didn't get to post this one on the appropriate day, but better late than never:-

January 8th.

Born on this day in 1942, Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA



Happy 70th birthday.

I wonder how many cards he got? 203
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #76 on: 18/01/2012 14:27:23 »
Born this day in 1888, Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith. I bet Snoopy would give him the hump.

In 1911 Lt. Eugene Burton Ely made the first aircraft landing on a ship, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbour.

And on this day in 1896, the first X-Ray machine is exhibited in New York.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #77 on: 27/01/2012 09:39:31 »
Born this day in 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, photographer and mathematician. Of the books he wrote on mathematics, only one (Euclid and his modern rivals - 1879) was of any consequence. However, he had somewhat better luck with a fantasy novel written under his pen name, 'Lewis Carroll'.

On this day in 1926 in London, John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of his television.

And on this day in 1888, the National Geographic Society was established in Washington.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #78 on: 08/02/2012 12:10:26 »
How remiss of me to forget this one for yesterday.

Born 7th February  1812 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Charles John Huffam Dickens. Author, philanthropist and father to 10 children.

Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Dorrit and A Christmas Carol are among his many works, which are still popular and in print to this day.

Some of the characters from his novels are among the best known fictional characters of all time, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Oliver Twist, The Artful Dodger, Fagin, Bill Sikes, Miss Havisham, David Copperfield, Mr. Micawber, Daniel Quilp, Samuel Pickwick, Wackford Squeers and Uriah Heep.

Dickens supported Urania Cottage, a home and school for ‘fallen women’ and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and many of his novels were a political criticism in support of the poor and oppressed. He fiercely opposed Victorian inequality and has probably turned in his grave a million times due to today’s worsening wealth distribution.

His name was given to the term ‘Dickensian’, meaning to resemble conditions described in Dickens novels, squalid, poverty-stricken, Victorian,  grotesquely comic.

Dickens died at his home, Gads Hill Place, in Higham, Rochester, Kent on 9th June 1870 leaving his final work ‘Edwin Drood’ unfinished with only 6 of the planned 12 monthly serials completed. Contrary to his wish to be buried in an unostentatious manner and grave, he was buried in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #79 on: 08/02/2012 12:13:19 »
Born this day in 1777, Bernard Courtois. The scourge of every schoolboy’s grazed knee.

Born this day in 1834, Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev. Where would chemicals be without his Periodic Table?

Born this day in 1868, Lionel Walter Rothschild, zoologist and founder of the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum. A Rothschild who turned his back on the family banking business.

And on this day in 1865 Gregor Johann Mendel presents his first scientific paper to the Brünn Society.

 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #80 on: 26/09/2012 17:44:55 »
On this day in 1580, Francis Drake returned to Portsmouth after circumnavigating the globe and plundering the odd Spanish ship or two en route.

Well, you gotta make a few bob, haven't you.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #81 on: 27/09/2012 08:24:16 »
Published on this day in 1859, Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” Later publications were shortened to The Origin of Species.




As Darwin suspected, he was ridiculed by the press for his suggestion that man had evolved from apes.


Sketches of Galapagos Finches which would figure greatly in Darwin's theory.
  Lonesome George
Pinta Island Galapagos Giant Tortoise. Another evolutionary hint to Darwin.

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Marine Iguana, unique to the Galapagos.
WHAT IS THAT DARK PARTIAL PLATFORM PROTRUDING FROM UNDER THE TURTLES
NECK? IS THAT A PORTION OF HIS UNDERSIDE SHELL OR WHAT? I HAVE NEVER
NOTICED THAT BEFORE ON A TURTLE!
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #82 on: 27/09/2012 09:36:36 »
Yes, Karen, its part of the plastron (underside of the shell).
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #83 on: 27/09/2012 15:06:46 »
Quality guess then eh? The big dude looks like he could use all the neck support he could get! Lol...
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #84 on: 28/09/2012 12:38:12 »
I could not possibly let today go by without a mention of the man who promoted hygiene in the toilet department.

Yes folks, Thomas Crapper. Born, perhaps appropriately, in Waterside, Yorkshire, his exact date of birth is unknown, but on this day in 1836 he was baptised.

Contrary to popular belief, he did not invent the flushing toilet, but he is attributed with promoting the use of said item.

He founded Thomas Crapper & Co in 1861. The company received 4 Royal Warrants. Presumably, they enjoyed sitting on the throne!

As for that word, ahem…… ‘Crap’, this was said to have been taken from Crapper’s name. But this too is a popular misconception. In fact the word dates back to the old English language and meant ‘rubbish’. By the 16th century the word was no longer in use. The word was taken to the new world by English settlers but was considered a vulgar term. In 1917, American troops stationed in London were amused to see Crapper’s name on WC’s. The word ‘crapper’ was then taken back to the US and became a popular slang term for the WC.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #85 on: 04/10/2012 10:50:37 »
October 4th.

This day in 1947 saw the passing of the man responsible for the Quantum Theory,  German theoretical physicist Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, was born 23rd April 1858 in Kiel and received a Nobel Prize for physics in 1918.

He is quoted as saying, “Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist.”

For the benefit of those who nicht spreken de Deutsch, that translates to, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”


On this day in 1958, BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) inaugurated the first transatlantic passenger jet liner service with two jets flying each way between London & New York. The DeHavilland Comet 4 used by BOAC reduced the usual propeller aircraft crossing time from 14hrs to just 6hrs 11mins.


And on this day in 1957, the Soviet Union launched “Sputnik”. Having been first off the blocks in the space race, the Soviet Union would continue to upstage the US with the first dog in space (Laika), the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin) and first space walk (Alexey Leonov), until the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969. Commander of the mission, the late Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin. Michael Collins remained in the Command Module.
Sputnik remained in low Earth orbit for 3 months, burning up as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on 4th January 1958.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #86 on: 10/10/2012 06:34:10 »
October 10


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1957 United Kingdom World's First Nuclear Accident Windscale
10th October, 1957 : Part of the radioactive core at pile 1 at Windscale Nuclear Plant in West Cumbria used to make to make weapons-grade plutonium was on fire and as there had never been a similar experience it was a best guess as to how to distinguish the fire, but a combination of water pumped in to the reactor and turning off the air supply to the reactor worked. The combination of a lack of oxygen and gallons of water did the trick and the fire was eventually put out. The fire caused the release of substantial amounts of radioactive contamination into the surrounding area and the event, known as the Windscale fire, was the world's worst reactor accident until the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #87 on: 20/10/2012 12:36:51 »
Born on this day in 1632, Sir Christopher Wren, arcitect of St Pauls Cathederal and the city of London following the Great Fire of 1666. And in 1891, Sir James Chadwick, who discovered the neutron.

Died on this day in 1956, Lawernce Dale Bell, aircraft designer and founder of the the Bell Aircraft Co. The Bell X-1 was, in 1947, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier in level flight.

Also on this day in 1994, Hollywood icon Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry) dies at the age of 80 of a heart attack.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #88 on: 21/10/2012 23:02:24 »
Born today in 1656, Edmund Halley


Wasn't he the bloke with the Comets? You're about three centuries off.




Wrong comets Geezer;

Not these comets (plural)


This comet (singular)


But as it happens, I seem to have made a faux pas anyway, Edmund (or Edmond) was actually born on the 8th Nov 1656.

Just to add, Sir Jimmy Saville, he of the shell suit, cigar and 'now then, now then', not to mention 'clunk-click' and the OTT jewellery has died today.

Geezer gets part credit: didn't Bill Halley and The Comets record the smash - perhaps first-ever rock and roll hit , "ROCKet Around The Clock"!!!
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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #89 on: 10/01/2013 13:11:50 »
On this day in 1863 London's Metropolitan Line became the first underground railway to open to the public.

I am led to believe the train will arrive at its destination in the next 5mins.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #90 on: 14/01/2013 13:55:48 »
On this day in 2005, the ESA space probe Huygens landed on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Huygens was named after the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who discovered Titan on 25th Mar 1655.

Read more at the ESA site.


Born this day in 1892, Hal Roach, the director who made the film 'One Million BC' in 1940. The film was remade in 1966 as 'One Million Years BC'. A somewhat chronological disaster, the film puts cavemen a tad too early (around 950,000 years too early) and being menaced by dinosaurs which are tad too late (around 64 million years too late). But nobody cared a fig about these errors, we just wanted to see Raquel Welch prancing around in a couple of bits of animal skin.


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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #91 on: 15/01/2013 10:01:11 »
Opened on this day in 1759 in Bloomsbury, London, The British Museum, the world's public museum.

On this day in 1797, John Etherington, a London haberdasher, wears his new creation the Top Hat. The ensuing crowd disturbance results in him being fined for going about in a maner 'calculated to frighten timid people'.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #92 on: 22/01/2013 17:30:25 »
On this day in 871, the Battle of Basing took place in the kingdom of Wessex. Though the Danes were the victors, like many other battles between them and the Saxons, this one was indecisive. Two months later at the Battle of Marton, the Saxons, under the leadership of King Æþelræd (Ethelred) were the victors. The following April, Æþelræd died and was succeeded by Alfred The Great.


Born this day in 1561 - Sir Francis Bacon inventor of the full English breakfast. Well he wasn't born a knight, so I suppose he was just plain Frank Bacon at first. Known for his promotion of scientific method, the philosopher once said '...neither is it possible to discover the more remote and deeper parts of any science, if you stand but upon the level of the same science, and ascend not to a higher science. .
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #93 on: 20/02/2013 06:01:48 »
On this day in 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
 

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Re: What happened on this day?
« Reply #94 on: 13/05/2015 15:55:15 »
On this day in 1940, Winston Spencer Churchill became British Prime Minister.

He told the country...."I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”

Don't you wish all politicians could be so honest?
 

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