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« Reply #50 on: 26/11/2011 02:57:15 »
Something for the weekend sir?


In 1698 the Eddystone Lighthouse was lit after 2 years construction. London merchant Henry Winstanley commissioned the lighthouse after he had lost two ships on the Eddystone reef 14 miles south of the southwest English port of Plymouth. The reef had claimed many other ships.  Constructed of wood, after modification and structural strengthening, Winstanley had such confidence in his lighthouse, he expressed his desire to be in the lighthouse during ‘the greatest storm there ever was’.

On this day in 1703, Winstanley’s wish came true. As he slept in his lighthouse during ‘The Great Storm’, he was killed and the lighthouse totally destroyed. It is estimated that some 8,000 to 10,000 souls were lost, the Royal Navy lost 13 ships and over 40 merchant vessels were lost in The Great Storm of 1703, which lasted around 10 days with winds up to 120 mph.


The weekend moral of this story is to be careful what you wish for, it may come to pass.
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« Reply #51 on: 26/11/2011 06:17:25 »

In 1698 the Eddystone Lighthouse was lit after 2 years construction.

He was killed and the lighthouse totally destroyed


Hence the expression;

"People who live in lighthouses shouldn't get stoned."
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« Reply #52 on: 28/11/2011 09:05:17 »
Born today in 1628, John Bunyan (A Pilgrims Progress) and in 1757, William Blake, poet, artist and all-round arty type who’s poem ‘And did those feet in ancient time’ would be set to Music by Sir Hubert Parry to become ‘Jerusalem’ .

Born today in 1920, John Wesley Hyatt. Pioneer of the plastics industry and all round clever clogs who invented celluloid and during his lifetime patented over 200 products. Where would Hollywood be without him?

On this day in 1499, Edward Plantagenet (17th Earl of Warwick & heir to the throne of England) lost his head, literally. He was beheaded.

On this day in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan set sail to cross the Pacific Ocean.

A meeting of scientists in London in 1660 forms what will become The Royal Society.

Priest & mathematician William Whiston (1667 – 1752) tried to bring harmony to religion and science. He suggested that on this day in 2349 BC a passing comet caused The Great Flood.
Hmmmm….. So let’s get this straight, Noah didn’t have a direct line to God, he was an astronomer who had invented a telescope 4000 years before Galileo through which he saw this comet coming in plenty of time to build The Ark….. Right!!!
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« Reply #53 on: 29/11/2011 09:49:35 »
Born today in 1803, Christian Andreas Doppler, the Austrian physicist who had quite an effect. And in 1849, Fleming (no, not that Fleming) Sir John Ambrose Fleming,  inventor of the diode.

Died today in 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

Also died today in 1852, Countess of Lovelace Augusta Ada King, said to have been the original computer programmer.

In 1945 a Sikorsky R5 is the first helicopter to perform a rescue using a winch.

On this day in 1961, Enos, a five-year-old chimpanzee, becomes the first animal to be launched into space by the USA.

In 1962, British Aircraft Corporation and Sud Aviation of France agree to co-produce Concorde

In 1775, Sir James Jay (brother of John Jay, one of the founding fathers of the US) invents invisible ink. Where would 007 James Bond be without it?
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« Reply #54 on: 30/11/2011 10:12:05 »
Born this day in 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Born this day in 1899, Andrew Jackson Moyer – Developed a process for the mass production of penicillin.

Died today in 1761, John Dollond – developed and patented the achromatic telescope.

On this day in 1609, Galileo Galilei makes the first detailed drawing of the Moon’s surface from his observations with his telescope.

In 1936, The Crystal Palace, London, is destroyed by fire.

And on this day In 1954, in Sylacauga, Alabama, a 4kg fragment of a meteorite smashes through the roof of a house and injures Ann Hodges.
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« Reply #55 on: 01/12/2011 07:51:51 »
Born today in 1671, Francesco Stradivari. Coincidentally, on this day in 1997, Stephane Grappelli dies.

Born today in 1743, Martin Heinrich Klaproth – Discovered Uranium, Zirconium & Cerium.

On this day in 1913, the Ford Motor Co. introduces the worlds first continuous moving assembly line.

On this day in 1987 work began in Britain and France on the Channel Tunnel. On the same day 3 years later in 1990, British construction worker Graham Fagg and French construction worker Philippe Cozette broke through the final piece of rock to shake hands in the middle.
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« Reply #56 on: 01/12/2011 08:10:04 »
........ and for those of you of the Christian persuasion, today you may open the first door of your advent calender and eat the (usually) 3rd rate morsel of chocolate within. Will it be a star, a tree, a Robin, Santa, a snowman, an angel.....?

Incidentally, earlier this year, I found what I believed to be the mass grave of last year's snowmen.
On further investigation, it turned out to be a carrot farm.
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« Reply #57 on: 02/12/2011 07:40:45 »
Born today in 1906, Peter Carl Goldmark – developed the first colour TV and the 331/3  speed LP

Died today in 1814, Donatien Alphonse François, better known simply by his title, The Marquis de Sade. And in 1982, google eyed comic Marty Feldman dies at the age of 49.

On this day in 1697, Wren’s new St Paul’s Cathedral open.
In 1877, Louis-Paul Cailletet liquefies oxygen.
In 1942, the first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction is demonstrated at the University of Chicago.



Today you may open the second door of your advent calendar. By the 10th. there will be an argument over who’s turn it is to open the next door and have the chocy treat. Ah! A good old family squabble. By the time the argument has been resolved, you discover that little Johnny has already opened all the doors, scoffed the chocolate and been sick on the lounge carpet. You may now consider Christmas to have begun.
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« Reply #58 on: 02/12/2011 07:55:51 »
British construction worker Graham Fagg and French construction worker Philippe Cozette broke through the final piece of rock to shake hands in the middle.


If it had been Philippe Gauloises it would have been an amazing coincidence.
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« Reply #59 on: 02/12/2011 08:32:15 »
British construction worker Graham Fagg and French construction worker Philippe Cozette broke through the final piece of rock to shake hands in the middle.


If it had been Philippe Gauloises it would have been an amazing coincidence.

They could have rode off together into the sunset on the back of a camel.
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« Reply #60 on: 02/12/2011 09:10:09 »
They could have rode off together into the sunset on the back of a camel.

Yes, but they should never forget "It's the tobacco that counts." (Now that is a really old one.)
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« Reply #61 on: 02/12/2011 21:12:31 »
... earlier this year, I found what I believed to be the mass grave of last year's snowmen. On further investigation, it turned out to be a carrot farm.

The lack of coins and teaspoons should have given that away ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-11908583

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« Reply #62 on: 03/12/2011 02:27:26 »
Born today in 1795, Sir Rowland Hill, conceived and developed the Penny postal system.

Died today in 1888 – Carl Zeiss

On this day in 1818, Illinois becomes the 21st. state of the Union.
In 1931, Alka Seltzer goes on sale. Where would hang-overs be without them. Just in time for Xmas overindulgence.
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« Reply #63 on: 04/12/2011 01:32:58 »
Born this day in 1816, Benjamin Silliman Jr. Where would BP be today without him? Possibly not contaminating the Gulf of Mexico.

Born on this day in 1858, Chester Greenwood, inventor of earmuffs. Pardon, you’ll have to speak up!

Hershey – No, not Milton, Alfred Day Hershey, born this day in 1908

Died today in 1131, Omar Khayyam

Died today in 1850, William Sturgeon. He must have had a magnetic personality.

Died today in 1952, Karen Horney. No, that was her name, not her description. As a psychoanalyst who broke with Freud’s ideas on
                                                   nature Vs nurture,you’d have thought she would have had the presence of mind to marry someone
                                                   named Smith, Brown or Jones.

On this day in 1819, Sir William Congreve, inventor of military rockets, patented his triple paper which incorporated a watermark.

Today in 1894, George Parker patented the first successful fountain pen. One which didn’t leak in the pocket.
                          Who among us hasn't used a Parker Pen? (other writting implements are available).
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« Reply #64 on: 06/12/2011 09:17:23 »
Born this day in 1742, Nicolas Leblanc
Born this day in 1835, Rudolf, no, not the one with a red nose, Wilhelm Rudolf Fittig, the German chemist.
And in 1835, Libbie Henrietta Hyman. You couldn’t describe her as being ‘spineless’.

Died today in 1882, Anthony Trollope, I bet he wrote some old trollope. He also introduced the familiar red pillar box.
Died today in 1892, Werner von Siemens (other electrical appliances are available)
Died today in 1893, Rudolf, no, still not the one with the red nose, or the German chemist, Johann Rudolf Wolf, Swiss astronomer.

On this day in 1877, Thomas Alva Edison releases his first hit single, ‘Mary had a little lamb’. Fortunately he had had the presence of mind to invent the phonograph to play it on.
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« Reply #65 on: 07/12/2011 08:46:50 »
Born today in 1879, Charles Lavelle Broley. No he didn’t invent the umbrella. Ornithologist who linked DDT to the decline in the number of raptors.
Born today in 1761, Marie Grosholtz Tussaud (Madame Tussaud).
And born today in 1905, Gerard Peter Kuiper. Discovered Miranda (moon of Uranus) and Nereid (moon of Neptune).

Died today in 1254, Pope Innocent IV. Tried to persuade the Mongols to find an alternative pastime to slaughtering Christians.
Died today in 1817, Vice Admiral William Bligh FRS RN. He of the mutiny on the Bounty.

On this day in 1872 the corvette HMS Challenger set sail on the first world scientific voyage.
On this day in 1888 a veterinary surgeon patented the pneumatic tyre. 2 years later the patent was declared invalid as fellow Scott Robert William Thomas had already patented the idea in France in 1846 and in the USA in 1847. The vet’s name was John Boyd Dunlop.
And in 1909 Leo Hendrik Baekeland patent’s Bakelite.
Also today in 1787, Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the constitution.
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« Reply #66 on: 08/12/2011 10:09:07 »
Born on this day in 1730, Jan Ingenhousz. Following on from the work of Jan Baptista Van Helmont in 1649 and Joseph Preistly in the 1770’s, Ingenhousz, researching the remedial properties of plants, discovered the process of photosynthesis.

Sharing Ingenhousz’s birth date in 1730, Johann Hedwig, he didn’t let the moss grow under his feet.

Died on this day in 1983, Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. better known as the actor Slim Pickens. (Blazing Saddles, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Dr Strangelove and many more).

On this day in 1941, the USA and Britain (already at war against Germany & Italy) formally declare war against Japan following the attack on Pear Harbour. 3 days later, the USA formally declares war against Germany.
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« Reply #67 on: 09/12/2011 07:57:30 »
On the 8th of December 1980, outside his apartment block in New York, John Winston Lennon is murdered.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital at 11.07PM 12/8/1980 (UK = 04.07AM 9th December 1980).
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« Reply #68 on: 09/12/2011 07:58:20 »
Born on this day in 1886, Clarence Birdseye, Where would the freezer be today without him? Empty!
Born on this day in 1742, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, discovered oxygen in 1772 but delayed publication of his book, resulted in Priestly being attributed with this discovery in 1774. Scheele also discovered chlorine, manganese and tungsten.
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« Reply #69 on: 14/12/2011 20:51:04 »
Sir Bernard Lovell is not quite as old as you make out, he was born in 1913.
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« Reply #70 on: 18/12/2011 12:22:29 »
Sir Bernard Lovell is not quite as old as you make out, he was born in 1913.

Indeed he was. I have corrected my typo. Thanks syhprum.
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« Reply #71 on: 18/12/2011 13:54:02 »
16th December.

Born this day in 1770, Ludwig von Beethoven
Born this day in 1899, Noël Peirce Coward

Died today in 1859, Wilhelm Carl Grimm, the younger of the brothers.

Died on or around 15th / 16th December 1944, Glenn Miller

On this day in 1631 Mt Vesuvius erupts, claiming some 4000 souls in 6 villages.
On this day in 1653, Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
On this day in 1773, they had a tea party in Boston, in the British colony of Massachusetts.
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« Reply #72 on: 20/12/2011 13:36:24 »
Born this day in 1805, Thomas Graham, 'father of colloid chemistry'.
Born on this day in 1868, Harvey Samuel Firestone, we never tyre of his development.
Born today in 1901, Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, he generated some interest.

Died this day in 1921, Richard Julius Petri. He was no chef, but we still enjoy his dish today.
Died on this day in 1996, Carl Edward Sagan, astronomer and all round clever cloggs.

On this day in 1920, William Henry Hope becomes a US citizen, thus his son, born in Eltham, SE London,  Leslie Townes Hope, also becomes a US citizen. He will become better known as Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS and in 1996, US Congress declared him the ‘first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces.’

On this day in 1951, the first nuclear generated electricity was produced by EBR-1 in Idaho, USA.
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« Reply #73 on: 20/12/2011 17:16:08 »
On this day in 1951, the first nuclear generated electricity was produced by EBR-1 in Idaho, USA.


Which explains why there are so many strange people living here.
 
BTW, shouldn't that be "nukeular"?
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« Reply #74 on: 21/12/2011 12:13:32 »

BTW, shouldn't that be "nukeular"?


I don't think so....... LOOK OUT!!!

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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.

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