Quote of the day :
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
~ Isaac Asimov (born today, 1920)
Picture of the day :
As it’s David Bailey’s birthday today I was tempted to look for one of his I could use but instead I’ve gone with an old black and white picture I had of a photography club meeting in Tattershall, Lincolnshire.
Youtube video of the day :
Not quite edge-of-the-seat excitement now, but it’s a piece of history and it was cutting edge when it launched in 1959. Luna 1 launch, the first man-made object to reach the Moon :
Born on this day…
Born today :
- Sci-fi author, Isaac Asimov
Asimov, who had a Ph.D in biochemistry from Columbia, wrote over 300 books including Foundation and I, Robot, which introduced The Three Laws of Robotics.
This might also interest you if you like the writer : Asimov Online
- Sci-fi author, Charles Beaumont
- Author and poet, Robert Nathan
- Photographer, David Bailey CBE
- Actress, Tia Carrere
- Actress, Lucy Davis
- Actress, Kate Bosworth
- Actress, Anna Lee
- Actress, Deborah Watling
Played early Dr Who companion, Victoria
- Actor, Cuba Gooding, Jr.
- Actor, David Gyasi
- Composer, Sir Michael Tippet (b.1905)
- Physicist, Rudolf Clausius (b.1822)
Stated the second law of thermodynamics (Heat can never pass from a colder to a warmer body without some other change, connected therewith, occurring at the same time) and was the originator of the concept of entropy (The energy of the universe is constant.
The entropy of the universe tends to a maximum.).
Also on this day in history
1695 : Cardinal Richelieu established the Académie Française to safeguard the purity of the French Language.
1769 : The British Royal Academy opened with painter Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president.
1839 : Photography pioneer Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of the moon.
1900 : Queen Victoria wrote her famous line,
We are not amused
1929 : The United States and Canada reached an agreement to preserve Niagara Falls.
1938 : Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded.
1959 : The first spacecraft to fly by the moon and also to orbit the sun, Luna 1 or Mechta (Dream) was launched by the USSR.
1975 : The US Dept of Interior designated the grizzly bear a threatened species.
1975 : Bill Gates and Paul Allen wrote a letter to MITS, the company that manufactured the Altair computer, offering a version of BASIC their ‘Altair 8800’. It was the first time they named themselves – as ‘Micro-Soft’. (Cite : Computer History Museum)
1999 : A harsh snowstorm struck the Midwestern United States, dropping up to 19 inches of snow in places like Chicago and plunging temperatures down to -13°F (-25°C)
2008: Oil prices passed $100 a barrel for the first time.
2009: A rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe was found in the parked up in the garage of Dr. Harold Carr by. A month later the car was the star attraction of the Bonhams Retromobile auction in Paris on Feb. 7, selling for €3,417,500 (about $4.4 million). Unfortunately for the Newcastle doctor he’d died two years earlier.
Trending at this moment:
2014 : One of the trends today is Emma Watson turning down film offers to focus on finishing her English degree. Good for her!
The other trend is the International CES show in Las Vegas. I’m sure there’s be a few interesting stories over the next few days but so far I’ve seen nothing remotely interesting beyond vapourware.