Infobrew Archives

What your coffee knew in December 2014.

December 31
The BBC first broadcast the chimes of Big Ben on this date in 1923.
Your coffee wants a timer with a double three-legged gravity escapement.

December 30
On this date in 1896, Ernie McClea of the Montreal Victorias scored the first hat-trick in Stanley Cup play.
Your coffee wants a power-play.

December 29
Sheb Wooley recorded the first commercial record made in Nashville, Tennessee, on this date in 1945.
Your coffee wants a one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater.

December 26
On this date in 1871, “Thespis,” the first collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in London.
Your coffee wants to go climbing over rocky mountain with the little maid of Arcadee.

December 25
Today is Isaac Newton’s 372nd birthday.
Your coffee is aware both of the optics and the gravity of the situation.

December 24
On this date in 1906 Reginald Fessenden transmitted the first wireless audio broadcast.
Your coffee wants a bare-point electrolytic rectifying detector.

December 23
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” was first published on this date in 1823.
Your coffee wants to meet a right jolly old elf.

December 22
On this date in 1937 the Lincoln Tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey first opened to traffic.
Your coffee wants to spend the solstice in Weehawken.

December 19
Rolls-Royce sold its last Silver Ghost in London, England, on this date in 1924.
Your coffee wants a carafe with an open-top Roi-des-Belges body.

December 18
On this date in 1987 Larry Wall released the first version of his Perl programming language.
Your coffee just GREPed it in the comp.sources.misc archives.

December 17
Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” had its first performance on this date in 1865.
Your coffee wants a coda.

December 16
On this date in 1951, in a special preview, NBC debuted the television series “Dragnet.”
Your coffee wants a mugshot.

December 15
The Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 landed on Venus, the first soft-landing by a human-built spacecraft on another planet, on this date in 1970.
Your coffee never wanted to leave Cosmos 359 behind.

December 12
On this date in 1951, Paula Ackerman became the first woman in the United States to perform rabbinical functions for a congregation.
Your coffee recommends the babka following Shabbat services at Beth Israel.

December 11
North Carolina established the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on this date in 1789.
Your coffee was brewed with water from the Old Well.

December 10
On this date in 1684, Edmund Halley read Isaac Newton’s “De motu corporum in gyrum,” which derived Kepler’s Laws from Newton’s theory of gravity, to the Royal Society.
Your coffee believes that what goes around comes around.

December 9
The first episode of “Coronation Street” was broadcast by ITV in Britain on this date in 1960.
Your coffee wants a pint at The Rovers Return pub.

December 8
On this date in 1998, the United States Supreme Court ruled that police could not search a car after issuing a routine traffic citation without the driver’s consent.
Your coffee wants a ticket to ride and a Get Out of Jail Free card.