Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 31 - Oreo




Oreo





This Day In History
1498
On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
1703
Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
1790
The very first U.S. patent is issued: to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
1865
The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
1930
The radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.
1938
Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius the Great in Persepolis.
1964
Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.
1970
Black Tot Day: The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy.
1999
NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, completing its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.


Famous Birthdays
1598
Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor and architect (d. 1654)
1803

John Ericsson, Swedish inventor and engineer (d. 1889)
1835
Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (d. 1903)
1901
Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (d. 1985)
1912
Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2006)
1923
Ahmet Ertegun, Turkish-born record company executive (d. 2006)
1950
Steve Miller, American writer
1962
Wesley Snipes, American actor
1965
J. K. Rowling, British writer

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30 - Cabana Boy




Cabana Boy




This Day In History
1619
In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time.
1729
Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland.
1916
Black Tom Island explosion in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1932
Premiere of Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.
1956
A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the U.S. national motto.
1971
Apollo 15 – David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module module Falcon land on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover.
2003
In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.


Famous Birthdays
1511
Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter, biographer, art historian and architect (d. 1574)
1751
Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian musician (d. 1829)
1818
Emily Brontë, English novelist (d. 1848)
1825
Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor, academic and memoirs writer (d. 1893)
1863
Henry Ford, American industrialist (d. 1947)
1898
Henry Moore, English sculptor (d. 1986)
1927
Pete Schoening, American mountaineer (d. 2004)
1929
Sid Krofft, Canadian children's television producer
1936
Buddy Guy, American blues guitarist and singer
1958
Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter
Neal McCoy, American singer-songwriter and humanitarian
1961
Laurence Fishburne, American actor
1962
Alton Brown, American television host and chef
1970
Christopher Nolan, English film director
1974
Hilary Swank, American actress
1975
Cherie Priest, American writer

Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 29 - Travel




Travel



Sometimes, when you least expect it, nap happens.

This Day In History
1567
James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.
1588
English naval forces under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake defeat the Spanish Armada off the coast of Gravelines, France.
1851
Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.
1907
Sir Robert Baden-Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp runs from August 1 to August 9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.
1958
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1981
A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
2005
Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.


Famous Birthdays
1646
Johann Theile, German composer (d. 1724)
1805
Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and political scientist (d. 1859)
1869
Booth Tarkington, American novelist and dramatist (d. 1946)
1885
Theda Bara, American film actress (d. 1955)
1887
Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born American composer (d. 1951)
1892
William Powell, American actor (d. 1984)
1905
Clara Bow, American actress (d. 1965)
1923
Jim Marshall, English musician and businessman, founder of Marshall Amplification (d. 2012)
1953
Ken Burns, American producer and director
1966
Martina McBride, American country music singer
1972
Wil Wheaton, American actor
1974
Josh Radnor, American actor
1980
Rachel Miner, American actress

Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 28 - Bright




Bright





This Day In History
1540
Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day.
1855
USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy, is commissioned.
1935
First flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
1996
The remains of a prehistoric man are discovered near Kennewick, Washington, known as the Kennewick Man.
2002
Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.


Famous Birthdays
1796
Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian piano manufacturer (d. 1859)
1844
Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (d. 1889)
1860
Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (d. 1922)
1866
Beatrix Potter, English author (d. 1943)
1887
Marcel Duchamp, French painter (d. 1968)
1907
Earl Tupper, American inventor (d. 1983)
1922
Jacques Piccard, Belgian-born Swiss undersea explorer (d. 2008)
1929
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)
1932
Natalie Babbitt, American author and illustrator
1941
Riccardo Muti, Italian conductor
1943
Bill Bradley, American basketball player and politician
1949
Randall Wallace, American screenwriter and producer
1951
Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect
1963
Michael Ruhlman, American author
1984
DeMeco Ryans, American football player

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27 - Bear




Bear





Overheard
[E needs a diaper]
W: [climbs onto changing pad]
D [moving W]: Not the one.*
E: No, the two!


This Day In History
1549
The Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reaches Japan.
1866
The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart's Content, Newfoundland.
1890
Vincent van Gogh shoots himself and dies two days later.
1921
Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.
1940
The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.
1949
Initial flight of the de Havilland Comet, the first jet-powered airliner.
1987
RMS Titanic, Inc. begins the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
2012
The opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics in London, England is scheduled to be held on this day. The event formerly known as the Ravelympics will be called something 
Completely Different.


Famous Birthdays
1667
Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1748)
1733
Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (d. 1779)
1740
Jeanne Baré, French explorer (d. 1803)
1824
Alexandre Dumas, fils, French author (d. 1895)
1848
Thomas Herbst, German painter (d. 1915)
1870
Hilaire Belloc, English writer (d. 1953)
1882
Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer (d. 1965)
1905
Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)
1913
George L. Street III, American submariner (d. 2000)
1929
Jack Higgins, English novelist
1938
Gary Gygax, American game creator (d. 2008)
1948
Peggy Fleming, American figure skater
1950
Simon Jones, English actor
1958
Christopher Dean, English figure skater
1977
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish actor


* - None of this was funny if you haven't watched Babylon 5. Sorry.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26 - Splash




Splash!


video

2012-07-24 14.30.53



This Day In History
1775
The office that would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress.
1803
The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London, England, Great Britain.
1882
Premiere of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal at Bayreuth.
1887
Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement.
1951
Walt Disney's 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom.
1963
Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.
1971
Apollo program: launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo "J-Mission", and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.


Famous Birthdays
1739
George Clinton, American politician (d. 1812)
1856
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1950)
1894
Aldous Huxley, English-born author (d. 1963)
1895
Gracie Allen, American actress and comedian (d. 1964)
1922
Jason Robards, American actor (d. 2000)
1923
Jan Berenstain, American author
1928
Stanley Kubrick, American director (d. 1999)
1943
Mick Jagger, English singer
1945
Helen Mirren, English actress
1949
Roger Taylor, English drummer and vocalist (Queen)
1954
Lawrence Watt-Evans, American science fiction & fantasy author
1956
Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater
1957
Nana Visitor, American actress
1959
Kevin Spacey, American actor
1965
Jeremy Piven, American actor
1968
Olivia Williams, English actress
1973
Kate Beckinsale, English actress

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 25 - Trouble




Trouble





This Day In History
306
Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.
1538
The city of Guayaquil is founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana and given the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil.
1603
James VI of Scotland is crowned as king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707.
1609
The English ship Sea Venture, en route to Virginia, is deliberately driven ashore during a storm at Bermuda to prevent its sinking; the survivors go on to found a new colony there.
1788
Wolfgang Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor (K550).
1837
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on 25 July 1837 between Euston and Camden Town in London.
1897
Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.
1909
Louis Blériot makes the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine from (Calais to Dover) in 37 minutes.
1976
Viking 1 takes the famous Face on Mars photo.
1978
Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born.


Famous Birthdays
1657
Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German Baroque composer (d. 1714)
1844
Thomas Eakins, American artist (d. 1916)
1870
Maxfield Parrish, American illustrator (d. 1966)
1875
Jim Corbett, Irish-Indian hunter, pioneer conservationist and author (d. 1955)
1920
Rosalind Franklin, English scientist (d. 1958)
1945
Donna Theodore, American actress and singer
1948
Brian Stableford, British science fiction writer
1954
Walter Payton, American football player (d. 1999)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 24 - Happy Birthday Aunt Jennifer!




Happy Birthday Aunt Jennifer!






Family Birthdays
Jennifer Rushing-Schurr

This Day In History
1487
Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against ban on foreign beer.
1567
Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI.
1715
A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain. Seven days later, 9 of them sink in a storm off the coast of Florida. A few centuries later, treasure is salvaged from these wrecks.
1911
Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".
1950
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.
1969
Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
1980
The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
2009
The MV Arctic Sea, reportedly carrying a cargo of timber, is allegedly hijacked in the North Sea by pirates, but much speculation remains as to the actual cargo and events.


Famous Birthdays
1725
John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (d. 1807)
1783
Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan military commander (d. 1830)
1786
Joseph Nicollet, French mathematician and explorer (d. 1843)
1802
Alexandre Dumas, père, French writer (d. 1870)
1853
William Gillette, American actor and author (d. 1937)
1856
Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (d. 1941)
1897
Amelia Earhart, American aviator (d. 1937)
1916
John D. MacDonald, American novelist, (d. 1986)
1951
Lynda Carter, American actress
1957
Pam Tillis, American singer-songwriter
1968
Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress
1981
Summer Glau, American actress
1982
Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand actress

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23 - Best Seat




Best Seat in the House





Overheard
[On the Northway]
M: Elanor, what do you see out your window?
E: Trees... trees... trees... trees... trees... trees... trees... trees...
D: Well, this is going to take a while.



This Day In History
1632
Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe, France.
1829
In the United States, William Austin Burt patents the typographer, a precursor to the typewriter.
1903
The Ford Motor Company sells its first car.
1926
Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.
1962
Telstar relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program.
1972
The United States launch Landsat 1, the first Earth-resources satellite.
1983
Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.
1995
Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered; it will become visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.


Famous Birthdays
1734
Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer (d. 1786)
1773
Sir Thomas Brisbane, Scottish astronomer, soldier and governor of New South Wales (d. 1860)
1856
Arthur Bird, American composer (d. 1923)
1888
Raymond Chandler, American novelist (d. 1959)
1895
Aileen Pringle, American actress (d. 1989)
1909
John William Finn, American WWII Medal of Honor recieptant (d. 2010)
1914
Virgil Finlay, American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator (d. 1971)
1918
Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player (d. 1999)
1928
Vera Rubin, American astronomer
1936
Anthony Kennedy, American Supreme Court Justice
1947
Gardner Dozois, American science fiction writer and editor
1952
Janis Siegel, singer (The Manhattan Transfer)
1967
Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor
1970
Charisma Carpenter, American actress
1971
Alison Krauss, American bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler

Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22 - Happy Campers




Happy Campers





This Day In History
1298
Battle of Falkirk – King Edward I of England and his longbowmen defeat William Wallace and his Scottish schiltrons outside the town of Falkirk.
1587
A second group of English settlers arrives on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.
1706
The Acts of Union 1707 are agreed upon by commissioners from the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, which, when passed by each countries' Parliaments, lead to the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1793
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada.
1894
The first ever motor race is held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The fastest finisher was the Comte Jules-Albert de Dion, but the 'official' victory was awarded to Georges Lemaître driving his 3 hp petrol engined Peugeot.
1933
Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the world traveling 15,596 miles (25,099 km) in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
1951
Dezik (Дезик) and Tsygan (Цыган, "Gypsy") are the first dogs to make a sub-orbital flight.
1997
The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.


Famous Birthdays
1711
Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (d. 1753)
1849
Emma Lazarus, American poet (d. 1887)
1882
Edward Hopper, American painter (d. 1967)
1898
Stephen Vincent Benét, American poet, short story writer and novelist (d. 1943)
Alexander Calder, American sculptor and inventor (d. 1976)
1939
Terence Stamp, English actor
1940
Alex Trebek, Canadian-American game show host
1946
Danny Glover, American actor
1947
Don Henley, American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Eagles)
1949
Alan Menken, American composer
1963
Emily Saliers, American singer (Indigo Girls)
1965
Patrick Labyorteaux, American actor
1967
Irene Bedard, American actress
1972
Irene Bedard, American actress
1974
Franka Potente, German actress
1978
A. J. Cook, Canadian actress

Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21 - Bear




Bear


2012-07-14 13.06.14



This Day In History
356 BC
The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is destroyed by arson.
1873
At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West.
1961
Mercury-Redstone 4 – Gus Grissom, piloting Liberty Bell 7, becomes the second American to go into space.
1983
The world's lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −128.6 °F.
1997
The fully restored USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
2011
NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Atlantis on mission STS-135.


Famous Birthdays
1620
Jean Picard, French astronomer (d. 1682)
1899
Ernest Hemingway, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)
1911
Marshall McLuhan, Canadian author and media theorist (d. 1980)
1920
Isaac Stern, Ukrainian-born violinist (d. 2001)
1948
Snooty, the oldest known Florida manatee
1951
Robin Williams, American comedian/actor
1956
Michael Connelly, American author
1977
Jaime Murray, British actress

Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20 - Dimples




Dimples


2012-07-14 14.08.19



This Day In History
1738
Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.
1807
Nicéphore Niépce is awarded a patent by Napoleon Bonaparte for the Pyréolophore, the world's first internal combustion engine, after it successfully powered a boat upstream on the river Saône in France.
1866
Battle of Lissa – The Austrian Navy , led by Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, defeats the Italian Navy near the island of Vis in the Adriatic Sea. (One of the first battles between ironclads; one of the last to involve intentional ramming.)
1903
The Ford Motor Company ships its first car.
1940
California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
1960
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government.
1969
Apollo 11 successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon almost 7 hours later.
1976
Viking 1 successfully lands on Mars.


Famous Birthdays
356 BC
Alexander the Great, Macedonian king and conqueror of Persia (d. 323 BC)
1304
Francesco Petrarch, Italian poet (d. 1374)
1822
Gregor Mendel, German scientist, father of modern genetics (d. 1884)
1847
Max Liebermann, German artist (d. 1935)
1873
Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian aviator (d. 1932)
1919
Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer (d. 2008)
1938
Dame Diana Rigg, English actress
Natalie Wood, American actress (d. 1981)
1944
Olivier de Kersauson, French sailor
1945
John Lodge, English musician (The Moody Blues)
1947
Carlos Santana, Mexican-born American guitarist
1948
Muse Watson, American actor
1955
Jem Finer, English musician and composer (The Pogues)
1967
Reed Diamond, American actor