Quote of the day :
Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
Austin Phelps (born today, 1820)
Picture of the day :
Chosen a colourful Rhinoceros Hornbill, taken in Chester Zoo.
Youtube video of the day :
As it was the birthday of Addams Family creator, Charles Addams, I’ve searched out a video of the very first episode, ‘The Addams Family Goes to School’
Born on this day…
Born today :
- Actor, Nicholas Cage
- Actor, Jeremy Renner
Borne Legacy, Hawkeye (Avengers Assemble)
- Actor, Vincent Gardenia
- Actor, David Caruso
- Actor, Alan Napier
Alfred the Butler in the 60’s Batman series
- Actor, Geoffrey Bayldon
Played ‘Catweazle‘, the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge and many others. It is said he also turned down the chance to be Dr Who – twice.
- Actress, Erin Gray
Best recognised perhaps as Colonel Wilma Deering in the 70’s TV show, ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’
Coincidentally, this day in 1929 saw the première of the first ‘Buck Rogers’ sci-fi comic strip.
- TV presenter and comedian, Mark Lamarr
- Author and naturalist, Gerald Durrell
- Author, Nicholson Baker
- Author, Karen Haber
Sci-fi writer and anthologist, married to author Robert Silverberg. Her ‘Fire in Winter’ series is out of print now and hard to find now, though you can get it on Kindle. Me, I’m old-fashioned when it comes to reading, I like a book to be a book…
- Author, Zora Neale Hurston
- Cartoonist, Charles Addams
He created the cartoon strip of the ‘creepy and kooky’ Addams Family that later was made into a TV series and films.
- Racing driver, Hamilton Lewis
- Engineer, Sandford Fleming (b.1827)
As well as his other accomplishments he designed Canada’s first postage stamp, the three penny beaver, issued in 1851
- Biolchemist, John E. Walker
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997 “for their elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism underlying the synthesis of ATP.”
- US president, Millard Fillmore (b. 1800)
“May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.”
Also on this day in history
1610 : Gilileo Galilei was the first to see four of Jupiter’s moons, naming them Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. (Though wikipedia notes he was not able to distinguish between Io and Europa until the following day). Since then a total of 67 have been discovered circling the giant planet. (As at 7th Jan 2014).
1618 : Francis Bacon became Lord Chancellor of England.
1714: The first typewriter patent was issued in England to Henry Mill.
1785 : French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully made the first air-crossing of the English Channel, helped by American John Jeffries. At one point they nearly ditched and to recover altitude threw everything possible into the sea – including, so the story goes, their trousers.
1789 : George Washington was unanimously elected as the first president of the United States of America.
1890 : W B Purvis patented the fountain pen.
1894 : First motion picture copyrighted by Edison, taken of one of his assistants, Fred Ott, taking snuff and sneezing. Wikipedia makes the distinction that inventor William Kennedy Dickson, who worked for Edison, received a patent for motion picture film.
1929 : One of the first ‘Tarzan adventure comic strips appeared. As mentioned above, Buck Rogers sci-fi strip appeared on the same day, also in 1929. Interestingly, albeit a few years later in 1934, the ‘Flash Gordon’ comic strip by Alex Raymond debuted.
1927 : The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game, in Hinckley, Illinois. No great interest in basketball myself, I just loved the cartoon series about them as a child.
1927 : Transatlantic commercial telephone service began between New York and London. The system, which used radio signals rather than undersea cable or satellite technology of today, logged 31 calls on its first day.
1931 : 22-year-old Guy Menzies flew ‘Southern Cross Junior – a single-engine bi-plane – from Sydney to New Zealand. Previously only a 3-engine had managed the journey, which took him 12 hours and 12 minutes. (Wikipedia says 11 hours and 45 minutes but that may not have included landing). One funny anecdote I read was that are he reach Okarito on the South Island he flew over two gold prospectors and, circling, dropped them a message inside an egg sandwich. He landed shortly after in a swamp, upside down and locals helped him out – and took him for a three-day pub crawl to celebrate.
1949 : First photo of genes taken at the University of South California by Pease and Baker.
1955 : ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and the Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time.
1963 : Ivan Sutherland introduced the Sketchpad, submitting his Ph.D. thesis to MIT. It allowed a user could create and manipulate graphical figures on a computer with a light pen and provided the basis for later graphical user interfaces. 1963 though, well, that surprised me a little. So far back.
1989 : Crown prince Akihito became the 125th emperor of Japan.