It’s Taco Tuesday without the taco. We only have the Tinfoil today, well kinda. I am sipping on some FTO Blonde Espresso this morning. Kyle The Backwoods Butcher submitted a video version of Tin Foil Tuesday so we gave it a go. Leave a comment anywhere to help decided if we should keep the guest spot or back the old way. Besides that I preview tomorrows show a little with the time I had left. Leading off as always with The Perfect Cup Question “What would be the title of your memoir?” followed by a very solid edition of LOTS of History spun up by PIP from Ducktioncups.
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LOTS of History
Tuesday Aug 7th
and if you’re in Tanzania, happy 8/8 day, or Nane nane day, as they say.
This is Lots of history and here’s some nugs…
- 1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
Mimeographs, along with spirit duplicators and hectographs, were common technologies for printing small quantities of a document, as in office work, classroom materials, and church bulletins. Early fanzines were printed by mimeograph because the machines and supplies were widely available and inexpensive.
- 1963 – Great Train Robbery: In England, a gang of 15 train robbers steal £2.6 million in bank notes.
With careful planning based on inside information from an individual known as “The Ulsterman”, whose real identity has never been established, the robbers escaped with over £2.61 million. The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. The gang did not use any firearms; Jack Mills, the train driver, was beaten over the head with a metal bar.
After the robbery, the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm. The police found this hideout, and incriminating evidence, a monopoly board with fingerprints, led to the eventual arrest and conviction of most of the gang. The ringleaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison.
- 1989 – Space Shuttle program: STS-28 Mission: Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
The mission details of STS-28 are classified, but the payload is widely believed to have been the first SDS-2 relay communications satellite. The altitude of the mission was between 295 km (183 mi) and 307 km (191 mi)
- 2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence.
a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War. Hunley demonstrated the advantages and dangers of undersea warfare.
She was the first combat submarine to sink a warship (USS Housatonic), although Hunley was not completely submerged and, following her attack, was lost along with her crew before she could return to base.
Twenty-one crewmen died in the three sinkings of Hunley during her short career. She was named for her inventor, Horace Lawson Hunley, shortly after she was taken into government service under the control of the Confederate States Army at Charleston, South Carolina.
- 2004 – A tour bus belonging to the Dave Matthews Band dumps approximately 800 pounds of human waste onto a boat full of passengers.
a tour bus belonging to the Dave Matthews Band dumped an estimated 800 pounds (360 kg) of human waste from the bus’s blackwater tank through the Kinzie Street Bridge in Chicago onto the passenger sightseeing boat Chicago’s Little Lady sailing in the Chicago River below.
The filing describes the incident:
The liquid waste was brownish yellow in color, and had a foul, offensive odor. The liquid human waste went into passengers’ eyes, mouths, hair, and onto clothing and personal belongings, many of which were soaked. Some of the passengers suffered nausea and vomiting as a result of exposure to the human waste.
The boat’s deck was swabbed by its crew, and service was resumed for its scheduled 3 p.m. tour.
- 1839 – Nelson A. Miles, American general (d. 1925)
an American military general who served in the American Civil War, the American Indian Wars, and the Spanish–American War.
From 1895 to 1903, Miles served as the last Commanding General of the United States Army, before the office was retooled as Chief of Staff of the Army.
- 1901 – Ernest Lawrence, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
an American nuclear physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron. He is known for his work on uranium-isotope separation for the Manhattan Project, as well as for founding the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- 1921 – Webb Pierce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1991)
an American honky-tonk vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of the 1950s, one of the most popular of the genre, charting more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade.
- 1927 – Maia Wojciechowska, Polish-American author (d. 2002)
a Polish-American writer best known for children’s and young adult fiction
Pip’s notes – yes, because of the name.
- 1944 – John C. Holmes, American film actor (d. 1988)
an American pornographic film actor. He ranks among the most prolific adult film performers, with documented credits for at least 573 films.
- 1952 – Robin Quivers, American nurse, radio host/personality, and author
an American radio personality, author, and actress, best known for being the long-running co-host of The Howard Stern Show.
- 1950 – Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman, founded Qantas (b. 1879)
an Australian businessman and aviation pioneer. He was one of the three founders of the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited, the airline company that became commonly known by its acronym, Qantas.
- 1984 – Richard Deacon, American actor (b. 1921)
American television and motion picture actor, best known for playing supporting roles in television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave It To Beaver, and The Jack Benny Program along with minor roles in films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
- 1991 – James Irwin, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1930)
an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. He served as Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth human lunar landing. He was the 8th person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.
On August 8, 1991, Irwin suffered another heart attack after a bike ride. Attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful, and Irwin died later that day. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
He and his wife, Mary Ellen, to whom he was married for three decades, had five children.
- 2004 – Fay Wray, Canadian-American actress (b. 1907)
a Canadian-American actress best known for starring as Ann Darrow in the 1933 film King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned nearly six decades, Wray attained international recognition as an actress in horror films. She has been dubbed one of the early “scream queens”.
Wray died in her sleep of natural causes in the night of August 8, 2004, in her apartment on Fifth Avenue Manhattan.
She is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
Two days after her death, the lights of the Empire State Building were lowered for 15 minutes in her memor
- 2022 – Olivia Newton-John, English-Australian singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1948)
She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included 15 top-ten singles, including 5 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100
In May 2017, it was announced that Newton-John’s breast cancer had returned and metastasised to her lower back. the cancer had spread to her bones and progressed to stage IV.
Newton-John experienced significant pain from the metastatic bone lesions and had spoken of using cannabis oil to ease her pain. She was an advocate for the use of medical cannabis; her daughter Chloe owns a cannabis farm in Oregon
- Happiness Happens Day
n 1999 the Society declared August 8 as the “Admit You’re Happy Day”, now known as the “Happiness Happens Day”. The idea was inspired by the event that happened the previous year on the same date- the first member joined the Society. In 1998 the Society asked the governors in all 50 states for a proclamation. Nineteen of them sent proclamations.
- International Cat Day
It was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It is a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help and protect them.
Pip’s notes – The cat that is now bonded to me, has brought me several moles, a few snakes, and a bird or two. I reward it with scratches and praise.
For the moles, not for the birds. I called him an asshole about the birds thing.
… anyway, y’all go do things that get things done, and enjoy a taco.
Pip with Ducktion Cups reminding you not to pull your duck out in public, unless it’s asked for.