Here’s this week’s today in strangeness. Hope you enjoy!
In Italy, on this day in 1891, a luminous object or meteor was seen, accompanied by a fall of stones from the sky and an earthquake. In 1949, J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen.
Today in strangeness, On this date in 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was launched by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, who broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow. Eleven years ago, the Eyak language in Alaska became extinct, as its last native speaker passed away.
Today in strangeness, It was on this date in 1881 that the ancient Egyptian obelisk known as Cleopatra’s Needle was erected in NYC’s Central Park. Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport opened a departure lounge for cattle on January 22, 1988.
Today in strangeness, It was on this day in 1957 that Wham-O produced the first Frisbees. The name was derived from students throwing around empty pie tins from the Frisbie Pie Company. The first version of the Frisbee was marketed as the Pluto Platter to cash in on the public craze over space and UFOs. Speaking of Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh first photographed the dwarf planet on today’s date in 1930.
Today in strangeness, It was on this day in 1925 that a moving picture of the solar eclipse was taken from a dirigible over Long Island. This date also saw the murder of Caligula (41 AD), Ted Bundy’s execution in ‘Old Sparky,’ the Florida electric chair (1989), and the passing of L. Ron Hubbard (1986).
Today in strangeness, On this date in 1995, Russia was mere moments away from starting a nuclear war after it detected a missile being launched from Norway. For the first time in Russian history, the country’s leaders activated their nuclear suitcases in anticipation of what they believed would be a Soviet counter-strike. After eight tense minutes, it was determined that the missile was not an impending attack against Russia. Later, it was revealed that the missile was, in fact, a Norwegian scientific craft and Russia had been informed of the event but that information never made its way down to those in charge of monitoring the skies over the country.