Day 291 of the Year Twenty & 13
Posted by Dave
On this Day…
In 320, Pappus of Alexandria observes a solar eclipse. He actually writes it down and ponders its meaning, which causes noted “archaeologist” Jim Turner to “interpret” what he meant and to write a book and a website asking for “donations” so that he can “research” the impending Alexandrian Apocalypse. Turner follows that up with a mysterious trip that might be to the “Marshall or Solomon Islands” but in any case is to to a far away ancient city requiring a three day boat ride to reach but that looks surprisingly a lot like Alexandria…
In 1009 Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah hacks the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem down to its foundations.
In 1867 The United States takes possession of Alaska, purchased from Russia for $7.2 Million. Yep. That’s it.
In 1898 The United States takes possession of Puerto Rico after kicking Spain’s ass.
In 1954 the first transistor radio is introduced.
In 1967 the Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches the planet Venus. It’s luggage goes to Minneapolis.