February 23, 2013

The 23rd of February: Unexpected Scenarios

Patrick Marren

The more things change, the more they create new and unexpected scenarios.

1455: Johannes Gutenberg first uses moveable type to print a book. Soon teenagers across Germany are getting into fatal horse crashes trying to print to their friends while driving.

1821: In order to catch the Ottoman Turks napping, Alexander Ypsilantis begins the Greek revolution in the mid-afternoon... also, he begins it in Romania.

1886: Charles Martin Hall produces the first man-made aluminum, assisted by his sister Julia Brainerd Hall. Up to this date, their efforts had been foiled.

1917: First demonstrations in St. Petersburg, Russia against the monarchy begin the February Revolution, which leads to a democratically elected government and peace, prosperity and optimism for almost eight months, a new Russian record.

1927: Werner Heisenberg writes a letter to Wolfgang Pauli about a new possible principle of basic uncertainty in physics; he would have published it, he says, but he wasn't really sure about it.

1941: Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn Seaborg. In a statement, he says, "It's great, but please. I'm no Julia Brainerd Hall."

1942: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells near Santa Barbara, California, harshing several mellows. (See? You actually do learn some things from reading this that you never knew.)

1954: First mass inoculations against polio using the Salk vaccine plant a secret resentment against life-saving scientific advances in an entire generation.

1991: U.S. troops cross the Saudi-Iraq border, beginning the ground offensive portion of the Gulf War and forever dispelling the myth that the U.S. shouldn't get involved in ground wars in Asia.

(Source: Wikipedia)