Tour du Jour, 16 Jan 11

Ngram du Jour

noun vs verb

Why the peak in the mid 90s?

Whyever. Do your own. Google Ngram Viewer

Today in History:

1909: British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic south pole.

1938: Benny Goodman brings jazz to Carnegie Hall

1945: Hitler descends into his bunker

1957: Three B-52s take off on the first non-stop round the world flight by jet plane. The trip took 45 hours and 19 minutes.

1979: Shah flees Iran

1991: The Persian Gulf War begins

2006: The Stardust space capsule successfully returns to Earth with a load of dust from a comet.

Happy Birthday to:

1853: Andre Michelin, he of the tires.

1908: Ethel Merman, she of the mouth.

1911: Dizzy Dean: “Son, what kind of pitch would you like to miss?”

1935: A. J. Foyt

1932: Dian Fossey, who lived among the mountain forest gorillas of Rwanda. Her book Gorillas in the Mist brought her knowledge to the public in 1983. She was brutally murdered by poachers in 1985.

1948: John Carpenter

The Usual Sourcepects:

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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