Today is the birthday of Max Theiler, Born in 1899, He worked out the vaccine for Yellow Fever by passing the virus back and forth in mice then chickens. Got the Nobel prize in 1951 and had no academic degrees.
Monthly Archives: January 2017
1/29/1773 Mohs Friedrich mineralogist devised the Mohs scale in 1822. died in 1839 at age 66.
1/29/1838 Morley Edward chemist He worked on the relative weights of hydrogen and oxygen in the 1870s and collaborated with Michelson on the famous Michelson-Morley experiment. he died in 1923 at age 85.
1/28/1701 La Condamine Charles geographer He showed that the earth was an oblate spheroid. He died in 1774 at age 73.
1/28/1611 Hevelius Johannes astronomer He called the flat areas of the moon seas or maria in 1647. Got into an argument with Robert Hooke and then his lab burned down. He died in 1687 at age 76.
1/28/1858 Dubois Marie paleontologist, He looked for the missing link, discovered Pithecanthropus erectus or Java man in 1894. He died in 1940 at age 82.
1/28/1884 Piccard August physicist He rose to a height of 51,775 feet in 1931 in a balloon, the first penetration into the stratosphere by a human. He built the bathyscaphe, Trieste in 1948 and it descended to the bottom of the Marianas Trench in 1960 6 ¾ miles down. He died in 1962 at age 78.
1/28/1922 Holley Robert chemist He prepared varieties of transfer-RNA by 1962. by 1965 he worked out the structure. He died in 1993 at age 71.
1607 An estimated 200 square miles of coastline of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary in England are destroyed by massive flooding, an estimated 2000 people are killed.
1841 A fire destroyed 2/3 of Mayaquez, Puerto Rico.
2002 Central Plains Ice Storm, 111 million in damages
1887 Fort Keogh snowstorm, a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana reported snowflakes as large as 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. Wow! I would consider those as snowballs, not snowflakes, but I guess they were light and fluffy. I hope they were.
1922 Knickerbocker Storm, Washington, D.C., caused the Knickerbocker Theater to collapse, 98 people were killed and 113 injured.
1977 Great Blizzard of 1977 resulted in 10 feet of snow in one day in Upstate New York.
1984 Tropical Storm Domoina makes landfall in Mozambique causing 214 deaths and some of the most severe flooding ever recorded in the region.
2006 Heavy snow killed 65 people and injured 170 when a roof collapsed at the Katowice International Fair in Poland.
At this time of the year you get heavy snow, then it warms up and starts raining. This causes ice and heavy snow which many structures aren’t designed to take. It doesn’t take much ice on wires and branches to get them to fail. The rule of thumb is about a half inch of ice on a wire.
Some dogs shed a lot more than others, like German Shepherds, they shed a lot. Think about this before getting a puppy, because once the dog grows up and starts shedding it is probably too late to think about it. This happens and some uncaring people will give the dog away or take it to a shelter. Think how you would feel if your dog, took you to the shelter.