Tour du Jour, 3 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour:

1900-2008: atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb, disarmament

Too explosive for you? Drop your own: Google Ngram Viewer

Today in History:

1521: Martin Luther excommunicated

1871: “A compound for culinary use,” called margarine, is patented.

1888: Suck it up! The spiral winding process for making paper drinking straws receives a patent.

1919: Split it up! Rutherford splits an atom or two, transmuting nitrogen into oxygen.

1924: King Tut’s sarcophagus uncovered

1952: Dragnet debuts on TV

1957: “The Hamilton Electric 500 is announced at a press conference. It is the first battery-operated electric wristwatch and the first to never need winding.” This Day In Tech

1959: Alaska admitted into Union

Happy Birthday to:

1892: J.R.R. Tolkein. Many hobbit returns.

1909: Victor Borge

1945: Stephen Stills

1946: John Paul Jones, of Led Zepplin

Sources:

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History

January 1 – Today in Science History

This Day In Tech

FamousBirthdays.com

 

 

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