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Anniversary of the Macintosh Commercial

On January 22, 1984 Apple introduced the Macintosh computer in its iconic commercial shown for the first and only time during the Super Bowl XVIII. Like many great works of art, it was at first hated. The ad almost didn’t run because Apple’s board of directors hated it, according to Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography “Steve Jobs.”  “Most […]

Quark Day

Several unreliable sources list January 19 as Quark Day. Quarks are sub-atomic particles that make up protons, neutrons, and electrons. No one has seen a quark at any time. Their existence was proposed by physicists Murry Gell-Mann and George Zweig in 1964 to explain some electron scattering phenomenon in the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. For […]

Tagish Lake Meteorite Day

On January 18, 2000 at 16:43 local time, fragments of the Tagish Lake meteorite landed on the so named lake in Canada’s Yukon Territory. It is memorial in that the original meteor from which it broke off may have weighed as much as 200 tons. The passage of the fireball and the high-altitude explosion set […]