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LOTS of History
Hello there humans and happy Friday to ya. Or, as the Pip-topian class says “Happy day that ends in Y”.
Pip with Ducktion Cups here, and this Florida dude has jammed a large amounts of wiki nugs into this morning’s breakfast bowl, and read to enjoy another sunrise.
Today marks the last Lots of History… for now… and is humbled grateful for the humor & ‘info-tainment’ that it’s been for these last few months.
Here comes a bunch of stuff that you already knew, didn’t know, or heard about… or none of the above, but here’s LOTS of History.
1835 – The first Great Moon Hoax article is published in The New York Sun, announcing the discovery of life and civilization on the Moon.
a series of six articles published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon.
The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best-known astronomers of that time, and his fictitious companion Andrew Grant.
Pip’s notes – Reminds me of Orson Welles’s ‘War of the worlds’ in 1938.
1916 – The United States National Park Service is created.
an agency of the United States federal government within the U.S. Department of the Interior that manages all national parks, most national monuments, and other natural, historical, and recreational properties with various title designations
he NPS employs approximately 20,000 people in 425 individual units covering over 85 million acres (0.34 million km2) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
As of 2019, they had more than 279,000 volunteers
1958 – The world’s first publicly marketed instant noodles, Chikin Ramen, are introduced by Taiwanese-Japanese businessman Momofuku Ando
a noodle brand and the first marketed brand of Japanese instant noodles produced by Nissin Foods since 1958. It was invented by Momofuku Ando after he learned how to cook tempura in his house in Ikeda, Osaka
1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn.
As a part of the Voyager program, it was launched 16 days before its twin, Voyager 1, on a trajectory that took longer to reach gas giants Jupiter and Saturn but enabled further encounters with ice giants Uranus and Neptune.
Voyager 2 remains the only spacecraft to have visited either of the ice giant planets. Voyager 2 was the third of five spacecraft to achieve Solar escape velocity, which allowed it to leave the Solar System
1991 – Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.
a Finnish software engineer who is the creator and lead developer of the Linux kernel, used by Linux distributions like Debian, Arch and Android. He also created the distributed version control system Git.
Pip’s notes – I hardly understood DOS…
2001 – American singer Aaliyah and several members of her record company are killed as their overloaded aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport, Bahamas.
At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson’s Blackground Records.
She was introduced to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number”.
After allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.
Pip’s notes – R. Kelly should meet that wood chipper, we talked about a bit ago.
Sex trafficing charges, under age sexual charges.. May ‘Bubba’ drop his soap and Kelly gotta pick it up…. for all of the jail inmates.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in Florida.
a devastating Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that resulted in 1,836 fatalities and caused damage estimated between $97.4 billion to $145.5 billion USD
The majority of the loss of lives in Hurricane Katrina was due to flooding caused by fatal engineering flaws in the flood protection system, specifically the levee, around the city of New Orleans.
Pip’s notes – if I recall correctly, the city of New Orleans is built BELOW sea level…
a side note remember- New Orleans Chief of Police Eddie Compass ordered police and National Guard units to confiscate firearms from civilians who remained in the area.
“yeah, we won’t stop the looters, but we’ll arrest anyone defending their homes”. Class act, I tell ya…
2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space becoming the first man-made object to do so.
Launched 16 days after its twin Voyager 2, Voyager 1 has been operating for 45 years, 11 months and 19 days as of August 24, 2023 UTC [refresh]. It communicates through NASA’s Deep Space Network to receive routine commands and to transmit data to Earth.
Pip’s notes – do we really have ‘deep space communications’ with these satalites, or do they really mean ‘really long way for radio to travel’ communications?
Launched in 1977, and ‘deep space’ comms, but star-link blips out and we’re left with Brian’s frozen face in some form of abnormal shape for a few moments.. anyway…
2017 – Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004. Over the next few days, the storm causes catastrophic flooding throughout much of eastern Texas, killing 106 people and causing $125 billion in damage.
1850 – Charles Richet, French physiologist and occultist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
a French physiologist at the Collège de France and immunology pioneer. In 1913, he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “in recognition of his work on anaphylaxis”
Richet devoted many years to the study of paranormal and spiritualist phenomena, coining the term “ectoplasm”. He believed in the inferiority of black people, was a proponent of eugenics, and presided over the French Eugenics Society towards the end of his life.
1919 – William P. Foster, American bandleader and educator (d. 2010)
the director of the noted Florida A&M University Marching “100”. He served as the band’s director from 1946 to his retirement in 1998. His innovations revolutionized college marching band technique and the perceptions of the collegiate band.
Foster’s innovations made for a quantum leap for a U.S. marching band scene, which had already witnessed lagging interest in live band concerts as the numbers of radio and vinyl-record fans began to soar. While educators saw bands as a way to teach music to large numbers of students, few college bands existed around the turn of the century.
1939 – John Badham, English-American actor, director, and producer
an English-American television and film director, best known for his films Saturday Night Fever (1977), Dracula (1979), Blue Thunder (1983), WarGames (1983), Short Circuit (1986), and Stakeout (1987).
Pip’s notes – I wonder what Johnny 5 would be equipped with, if Short Circuit was remade, or even rebooted & continued in a movie.
We might already be in ‘War Games’… I think I’ll go practice Tic-Tac-Toe, a little later.
1958 – Tim Burton, American director, producer, and screenwriter
Just a short list, buuuuuut, say thankyou to Tim for-
Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeny Todd, Sleepy Hollow, 1989’s Batman & Batman Returns… there’s a laundry list and it’s almost all great stuff
Pip’s notes – the dude himself! Happy birthday, sir.
Think Beetlejuice or Edward Scissorhands is on the list for the weekend
Pip’s side notes – Yo, in an alternate reality, instead of Jack Nicholson being The Joker in the ’89 release of Batman, what if Tim Curry was the Joker?? (Who was the 2nd choice in casting for roll)
1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
Having released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992, he is known for his hit single “Achy Breaky Heart”, which topped the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart and became the first single ever to achieve triple platinum status in Australia
1962 – Vivian Campbell, Northern Irish rock guitarist and songwriter
He came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of Dio, and has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992 (replacing Steve Clark after his death).
Campbell has also worked with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Sweet Savage, Trinity, Riverdogs, and Shadow King.
1970 – Claudia Schiffer, German model and fashion designer
She rose to fame in the 1990s as one of the world’s most successful models, attaining supermodel status.
She has appeared on more than 1000 magazine covers and holds the record for the model with the most magazine covers, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Pip’s notes – Back when the swimsuit edition was good “material”
(wink, wink, nudge, nudge, ya know what I mean)
1978 – Kel Mitchell, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
He was an original cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That for its first five seasons (1994–1999), where he was often paired with Kenan Thompson.
His role as Ed in the All That sketch was reprised for the 1997 theatrical film Good Burger.
Pip’s notes – Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?
1987 – Blake Lively, American model and actress
Lively played Carol Ferris, the female lead and love interest of Hal Jordan in the superhero film Green Lantern, which was released in June 2011
Pip’s notes – She’s Ryan Reynolds wife, and aparently just as sarcastic.
1867 – Michael Faraday, English physicist and chemist (b. 1791)
His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.
Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most influential scientists in history.
In his work on static electricity, Faraday’s ice pail experiment demonstrated that the charge resided only on the exterior of a charged conductor, and exterior charge had no influence on anything enclosed within a conductor.
This is because the exterior charges redistribute such that the interior fields emanating from them cancel one another. This shielding effect is used in what is now known as a Faraday cage.
Death notes – Faraday died at his house at Hampton Court on 25 August 1867, aged 75, reported due to natural causes.
1900 – Friedrich Nietzsche, German philologist, philosopher, and critic (b. 1844)
He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest person to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24, but resigned in 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life; he completed much of his core writing in the following decade.
Death notes – In 1898 and 1899, Nietzsche suffered at least two strokes. They partially paralysed him, leaving him unable to speak or walk. He likely suffered from clinical hemiparesis/hemiplegia on the left side of his body by 1899. After contracting pneumonia in mid-August 1900, he had another stroke during the night of 24–25 August and died at about noon on 25 August
1930 – Frankie Campbell, American boxer (b. 1904)
an Italian-American boxer who fought professionally as a heavyweight. He won 33 of his 40 career fights, losing four, drawing twice, and fighting to a no-contest in another.
Death notes – Irwin [the referee] ruled that Frank’s oponent, Max Baer had slipped and had not been dropped from a punch in the 2nd round.
The ref motioned Baer to his feet.
Onlookers claimed that Baer slugged Campbell “unmercifully” in the 5th round after he was already unconscious but had held onto his feet by the ropes. Had the referee not intervened, Campbell would have been killed outright.
Brain specialist Tilton E. Tillman “declared death had been caused by a succession of blows on the jaw and not by any struck on the rear of the head,” and that Campbell’s brain had been “knocked completely loose from his skull.”
1945 – John Birch, American soldier and missionary (b. 1918)
a United States Army Air Forces military intelligence captain, OSS field agent in China during World War II, as well as former Baptist minister and missionary, considered to be the first victim of the Cold War.
Death notes – He was killed in a confrontation with Chinese Communist soldiers during an assignment he was ordered on by the OSS, ten days after the war ended.
Birch was posthumously awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal.
Pip’s ntoes – “killed”….”executed”… this dude’s story ended at Hwang Kao railway station… there was hands and ankles bound and a head shot by a Chinese commie commander.
1971 – Ted Lewis, American singer and clarinet player (b. 1890)
an American entertainer, bandleader, singer, and musician. He fronted a band and touring stage show that presented a combination of jazz, comedy, and nostalgia that was a hit with the American public before and after World War II.
Death notes – Lewis died in his sleep in New York on August 25, 1971, of lung failure at the age of 81.
Following a Jewish funeral service in New York City, his body was brought to Circleville where thousands walked past his coffin.
Rabbi Jerome D. Folkman who officiated remarked, “The song has ended, but the memory lingers on.”
1988 – Art Rooney, American businessman, founded the Pittsburgh Steelers (b. 1901)
often referred to as “the Chief”, was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football franchise in the National Football League (NFL), from 1933 until his death.
Death notes – Rooney died from complications of a stroke on August 25, 1988.
An August 1987 Pittsburgh Press story stated that Rooney never missed a Hall of Fame induction ceremony in all 25 years
2003 – Tom Feelings, American author and illustrator (b. 1933)
an artist, cartoonist, children’s book illustrator, author, teacher, and activist. He focused on the African-American experience in his work.
His most famous book is The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo.
Feelings created the groundbreaking comic strip Tommy Traveler In the World of Negro History for the New York Age in 1958.
Tommy Traveler is a black youth’s dream adventures in American history while reading of notable black heroes.
This material was released in book form in 1991.
Death notes – Feelings died aged 70 in 2003, in Mexico, where he had been receiving treatment for cancer.
2012 – Neil Armstrong, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (b. 08/05/1930)
(Pip finds one of the paragraphs on the wiki page)
Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in the second group, which was selected in 1962.
Death notes – Armstrong underwent bypass surgery at Mercy Faith–Fairfield Hospital in Cincinnati on August 7, 2012, to relieve coronary artery disease.
Although he was reportedly recovering well, he developed complications and died at age 82
Neil’s family released a statement which inspired a twitter hashtag “#WinkAtTheMoon
2018 – John McCain, American politician yrs old (b. 08/29/1936)
Death notes – McCain’s family announced that he would no longer receive treatment for his cancer. He died the following day at 4:28 p.m. Age 81
Day of Songun (North Korea)
a public holiday in North Korea celebrated on 25 August annually to commemorate the beginning of Kim Jong Il’s Songun (military-first) leadership in 1960.
In 2013, Kim Jong Un elevated the holiday to an official status on the North Korean calendar, on par with the Day of the Sun (birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung).
Thus it became the holiday associated with Kim Jong Un, with his own birthday still missing from the official calendar.
Uruguay celebrates the independence from Brazil in 1825.
Pip’s notes – Uruguay is just south of Brazil.. not in Europe. Learned that today.
As almost always, humans. Cheers to ya, and I assume that most of ya have been at least mildly entertained by all of this.
Now, if y’all would excuse me, I need to make some suction cups for these rubber ducks that are getting passed around.
Apparently, it’s kind of a thing, if you didn’t know.
I’m hoping to have at least 1 rubber duck for everyone at the SRF event.
The ducktion cups will have the worst sale ever – 0.0% off.
As for the rest of this, I’ll leave ya with a Fight Club quote, that’s been in my head now for a bit…
“Where you going with this, Ikea Boy?”… in which I interpret as ‘what are you planning on building now’
outside of that, cheers & safe travels, my fellow humans.
This has been Pip, with Ducktion Cups, reminding you to breathe oxygen, consume food and other suggestions that I can’t think of, at the time.
All the best, and Get. Shit. Done.