Happy Saturday. Today is the 47th day of 2013 which leaves us 318 days to go until 2014. Grab yourself a nice nourishing snack from the kitchen and enjoy a bit of trivia. Fruit would be a better idea than Devil‘s food cake, but let’s not quibble over the sweet details.
Some of the writers born on February 16 include:
Joseph Victor von Scheffel (1826), Nikolai Leskov (1831), Henry Adams (1838), Octave Mirbeau (1848), Vyacheslav Ivanov (1866), Pamela Colman Smith (1878), Elizabeth Craig (1883), André Berthomieu (1903), Elisabeth Eybers (1915), Peter Porter (1929), Otis Blackwell (1931), Czesław Niemen (1939), Richard Ford (1944), Iain Banks (1954), Vincent Ward (1956), Natalie Angier (1958), Warren Ellis (1968), and Maureen Johnson (1973).
Wallace H. Carothers received a United States patent for nylon on this day in 1937. Nylon was intended to be a synthetic replacement for silk and substituted for it in many different products after silk became scarce during World War II. It replaced silk in military applications such as parachutes and flak vests, and was used in many types of vehicle tires.
A year after to the day after the USS Triton began its journey in the deep seas of the earth, the Explorer 9 was launched into space. Explorer 9, known as S-56A before launch, was an American satellite which was launched in 1961 to study the density and composition of the upper thermosphere and lower exosphere.
The first computer bulletin board system was created on February 16, 1978. This was the CBBS in Chicago, Illinois. CBBS (Computerized Bulletin Board System) was a computer software program created by Ward Christensen to allow him and other computer hobbyists to exchange information between one another. Because the Internet was still small and not available to most computer users, users had to dial CBBS directly using a modem. Also because the CBBS hardware and software supported only a single modem for most of its existence, users had to take turns accessing the system, each hanging up when done to let someone else have access. Despite these limitations, the system was seen as very useful, and ran for many years and inspired the creation of many other bulletin board systems. The program had many forward thinking ideas, now accepted as canonical in the creation of message bases or “forums“.
The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets binding obligations on industrialised countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty with the goal of achieving the “stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” It came into force on February 16, 2005 following its ratification by Russia.
February 16, 2005 was the date the National Hockey League canceled the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs. The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a lockout that resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of play of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, and the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute. The lockout lasted 10 months and 6 days starting September 16, 2004, the day after the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) that resolved the 1994–95 lockout expired. The lockout of the 2004-2005 season resulted in 1,230 unplayed games. The negotiating teams reached an agreement on July 13, 2005, and the lockout officially ended a week and 2 days later on July 22, after both the NHL owners and players ratified the CBA.
Today’s highlighted title is a fun and useful little book called Digging It by Bunny Henderson with Rebecca Ludlow. This spiral bound book was published in 2009 and is described by Amazon as follows:
Digging It tells you everything you need to know about growing a garden – from preparing the soil to harvesting your crop. The step by step directions are easy for a beginning gardener to understand, and even if you’ve never planted a seed in your life, you’ll wind up with a garden that provides a nutritional bounty and saves you money