by James D. Irwin

January 3rd is popularly known as ‘the third day of the year’ by chronology experts. It is also around this date when Perihelion occurs— the point at which the Earth is closest to the Sun. However, please do not attempt to reach out and touch it as it may be hot.

If you can’t resist, at least wear oven mitts.

On this day…

1496— Leanardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine, yet another failure for the Clive Sinclair of the renaissance.

1925— Benito Mussolini declares hiself dictator of Italy, a bold move with limited long-term rewards.

1977— Apple Computer is founded, the rise of the machines begins.

Fun Fact: the Apple II start up display is used as the T-800 visual display in 'The Terminator.'
Fun Fact: the Apple II start up display is used as the T-800 visual display in ‘The Terminator.’

Born today…

1892— J.R.R. Tolkien, mildly successful fantasy writer.

1929— Sergio Leone, Italian film director who frequently cast bowls of spaghetti in his cowboy films.

1942— John Thaw, actor who spent the entire 1970s telling women to shut it! and politely asking criminals to put trousers their trousers on.

Died on this day…

1098— Walkelin, Norman bishop of Winchester.

1903— Alois Hitler, father of Adolf.

 

 

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