Monday, September 18, 2006

This week Sept. 17-23

1977 - The "Voyager I" spacecraft (launched on Sep 5, 1977 from cape Canaveral, FL) snapped the first photograph showing the earth and moon together. ("Voyager I" is further away from Earth than any other man-made object.)

1991 - Ötzi, the Iceman, was found by a German tourist, Helmut Simon, on the Similaun Glacier in the Tirolean Ötztal Alps, on the Italian-Austrian border. The body is that of a man aged 25 to 35 who had been about 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) tall and had weighed about 50 kg (110 pounds), is the oldest mummified human body ever found intact -- some 5000 years old. And his few remaining scalp hairs provided the earliest archaeological evidence of haircutting. And, if that’s not enough, Ötzi was found to have a number of ‘points’ tattooed on his body, 80% of which are considered valid modern acupucture points and dates acupuncture back to at least 3300 B.C. Find more about Otzi at Wilson's Applied Science & Technology Index

1985 - In Mexico City, this day will forever be remembered. The first of two killer earthquakes hit the city. This one, 8.1 on the Richter scale, followed the next day by a 7.5er, crumbled buildings (damages were estimated at more than one billion dollars) and killed almost 10,000 people. Find 420 records matching mexico and city and earthquake in GeoRefS --

1989 - Hugo is a nice enough sounding name -- unless you put a hurricane behind it. Hurricane Hugo tore into Charleston, South Carolina this day, leaving a trail of destruction calculated at over eight billion dollars. (and hurricanes…)Find 160 records about Hugo at EnvironmentS

1846 - The planet Neptune was first observed. Although the planet is about 30 times further away from the sun than we are on planet Earth, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle spotted it. How’d he do that? (and still a “real”planet)Find 336 books about Neptune at Worldcat

1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier of Athegnenber, Germany. Now that’s an invention that used to be very popular in the little box cameras. You popped the bulb into the socket in front of a silver reflector dish. The bulb would get all crinkly looking and milky white in color after it was used (you could only use it once). Then the bulbs were replaced by flash cubes and now, the automatic flash is built into the camera. So easy to use ... but not half as much fun Search for recent flashbulb patents at

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