History Schmistory: October 1. Back off, sound!!

1969: A Concorde turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner breaks the sound barrier for the first time. Sound barrier calls shenanigans and demands a rematch.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 within the sound barrier By Ensign John Gay, U.S. Navy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Navy F/A-18 within the sound barrier
By Ensign John Gay, U.S. Navy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 29. Stool ka-Boom!

1911: Italy declares war on the Ottomans. All they ever wanted was to be comfortable.

By Wikipedia Loves Art participant "VeronikaB" [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wikipedia Loves Art participant “VeronikaB” [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 28. Perhaps we should have waited…

1951: CBS makes the first color television available to the public, only to see it discontinued a few weeks later.

By McCann-Erickson advertising agency for the Columbia Broadcasting System. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By McCann-Erickson advertising agency for the Columbia Broadcasting System. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cryptozoology Break! The Bunyip

Australia’s native Aborigines have plenty of tales involving a ferocious freshwater creature called the Bunyip, who comes out of the water at nightfall to hunt for their children. Descriptions vary greatly, from dog-faced to reptilian to starfish shaped. Since “Bunyip” actually translates to “evil spirit”, shape-shifting is probably not out of the question. But, it is more likely the Aborigines could never accurately describe it because they were busy running for their lives in the other direction. A solid survival technique in this case.

Art by Allen Douglas

History Schmistory: September 27. A good old-fashioned Polish whuppin!

1605: The Polish-Swedish War: The Swedish army, in a matter of minutes, is utterly defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian calvary in the Battle of Kircholm, while in the kitchen the Swedish meatball miraculously holds ground against the Polish sausage. All was not lost.

wedish army bombarding the fortress of Dunamunde. A 17th-century etchingSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

wedish army bombarding the fortress of Dunamunde. A 17th-century etchingSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Name You Should Know: George Owen Squier

As an executive officer of the US Signal Corps, George Owen Squier helped the Wright brothers with their first airplane, and was even its first passenger. From there, he secured the first purchase of US military planes, launching a new ‘Aeronautical Division’ for which he was Major General during WWI. But that’s not even the coolest thing he’s done. George was also a wizard with electricity and radio technology, holding over 60 patents to his name. He invented multiplexing, which allows multiple signals to be transferred at once through a single wire, paving the way for new possibilities in telecommunication. He invented wired radio, or as he called it, “wired wireless”, as a replacement for the unreliable home radios of the era. Though it never became a household commodity in his time, (any of us with cable TV certainly owe him a tip o’ the hat) George wasn’t deterred by this minor setback. Instead he convinced businesses that piping music through their establishments would increase sales and productivity. He was right. Soon businesses across the US were playing music not through a single radio in the corner, but in several locations throughout their sotres and workshops, thanks to wired radio. His name for this new technology?

 

Muzak! That’s right, George Owen Squier is responsible for that cheesified version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road you can never seem to get out of your head… Well he was still pretty awesome.

History Schmistory: September 26. I’m a Rocket Maaaaaan!

2008: Swiss Pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes the first person to fly across the English Channel in a winged jetpack of his own invention. Soon after, he flies over the Swiss Alps. Lucky he didn’t burn out his fuse up there alone…

His next mission? “To infinity and beyond!”

By Rama (Own work) [CeCILL (http://www.cecill.info/licences/Licence_CeCILL_V2-en.html) or CC BY-SA 2.0 fr (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/fr/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Rama (Own work) [CeCILL (http://www.cecill.info/licences/Licence_CeCILL_V2-en.html) or CC BY-SA 2.0 fr (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/fr/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: September 25. Always take the garbage out!

1930: Marco’s favorite 20th century poet/songwriter/cartoonist/performer Shel Silverstein is born, presumably where the sidewalk begins.

silverstein-shel

History Schmistory: September 24. @cs.com, y’all!!

1979: Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which includes the first electronic mail service. They’re apparently still waiting for the interstate parties to catch on…

You checked your CS mail lately? Yeah neither have we. It’s been years. It’s probably all dusty and moldy and filled with venomous spiders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CompuServe ad in Byte magazine, January 1983.

History Schmistory: September 23. Mario Kard?

1889: Nintendo is founded as a playing card company by Fusajiro Yamauchi, and soon introduces Hanafuda, a flowery card deck with a number of applicable games, including Tyson’s Punch-Out! 🙂

I, Aldaron [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

I, Aldaron [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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