Infobrew Archives

What your coffee knew in July 2014.

July 31
On this date in 1703, author Daniel Defoe was pelted with flowers after being placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel.
Your coffee wants to send him a bouquet of coffea blossoms.

July 30
U.S. President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings following an order by the Supreme Court on this date in 1974.
Your coffee likes to play them in shuffle mode on his iPhone.

July 29
On this date in 1874, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield received a U.S. patent for lawn tennis.
Your coffee wants a clay court.

July 28
Walt Disney’s animated film adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” was released in the United States on this date in 1951.
Your coffee wants to celebrate a very merry unbirthday.

July 25
On this date in 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
Your coffee wants a minuet that opens with a cross-accented hemiola rhythm.

July 24
American historian Hiram Bingham re-discovered Machu Picchu on this date in 1911.
Your coffee wants to be served in the Temple of the Sun.

July 23
On this date in 1962, the Telstar satellite relayed the first live publicly broadcast trans-Atlantic television program.
Your coffee wants to be spin-stabilized.

July 22
Alex Trebek is seventy-four years old today.
Your coffee asks, “Who has surpassed Bob Barker’s world record for the most gameshow episodes of the same program hosted by the same presenter?”

July 21
On this date in 1969, human beings from the planet Earth first set foot on the planet’s natural satellite, Luna.
That’s one short latte for a man, one venti mochaccino for mankind.

July 18
Intel Corporation was founded on this date in 1981.
Your coffee broke Moore’s Law but was never cited.

July 17
On this date in 1975, an American and a Soviet spacecraft docked in orbit for the first time.
Your coffee wants a probe-and-drogue docking mechanism.

July 16
J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was first published on this date in 1951.
Your coffee wants to meet some phonies at Pencey Prep.

July 15
On this date in 1834, the Spanish Inquisition was formally ended after 355 years.
Your coffee did not expect that.

July 14
The first ascent of the Matterhorn was made on this date in 1865.
Your coffee wants to ride the bobsleds.

July 11
On this date in 1972, the first game in the World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky took place.
Your coffee always plays black!

July 10
Peter Paul Rubens’ painting “The Massacre of the Innocents” was auctioned for £49.5 million at Sotheby’s on this date in 2002.
Your coffee thinks it would look good hanging in Peewee’s Playhouse.

July 9
On this date in 1981, Nintendo released the game “Donkey Kong.”
Your coffee wants a plumber with a big black mustache.

July 8
Charles F. Foley and Neil Rabens received a patent for the game “Twister” on this date in 1969.
Your coffee wants left hand red, right foot blue.

July 7
On this date in 1907, the first Ziegfeld Follies were staged.
Your coffee is going out there a nobody but is coming back a star!

July 4
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson began to tell a story to Alice Liddell on this date in 1862.
Your coffee wants to attend a Mad Coffee Party.

July 3
On this date in 1852, the United States Congress established the San Francisco Mint.
Your coffee wants a chocolate mint from Ghirardelli Square.

July 2
The first Zeppelin flight took place at Lake Constance on this date in 1900.
Your coffee wants a duralumin mug with snazzy transverse rings and longitudinal girders.

July 1
On this date in 1770, Lexell’s Comet made the closest approach to Earth of any comet in recorded history.
Your coffee wants a condo as far from Chicxulub crater as possible.