Saturday, November 21, 2015
1877: Thomas Edison announces his latest invention, the phonograph, the first instrument able to reproduce a recorded sound, and one of the few inventions Edison might actually deserve a little credit for.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
1970: Douglas Engelbart successfully patents the computer mouse. His patent for computer cheese is still pending.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
1911: Apocalyptic expectations went wild the last time we saw an 11/11/11, as The Great Blue Norther, a cold snap that produced record highs and lows on the same day, barreled through the central US, leaving much of the bewildered population with contrasting habiliments.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
1895: Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-Ray almost completely by accident. And that’s when the fun began!
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
1773: The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier (‘s awesome telescopes.)
Saturday, October 10, 2015
1967: The Outer Space Treaty, signed by over sixty nations including the US, the UK and the Soviet Union, becomes official. It serves as a binding promise to keep space open for everyone to explore, and to not use it to store and/or fire weapons of mass destruction. Many feel the agreement only makes it easier for outside forces to take advantage of the opportunity.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
1960 – Sputnik Program: Sputnik 5 – the Soviet Union launches a satellite with 2 dogs, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The first animals to be launched into orbit and return safely. Not to take anything away from the first animals ever in space, fruit flies. Seriously. They did so well we sent them back a few years ago. Poor little guys…
-We should give a shout to Laika, the original space dog, who unfortunately didn’t make it back. RIP widdle buddy!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower eagerly signs a federal statute that creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Sadly, they were never able to get him back to his home planet.
Friday, July 17, 2015
1850 - The Harvard Observatory took the 1st photograph of a star (Vega). Vega is argued to be the next most important star in the sky after the Sun. Needless to say, it is a “bright spot” in history for astronomers!