Wednesday, January 17, 2007

From Vanity Fair writer Bruce Handy comes this convenient list of the major anniversaries of 2007, each of which is accompanied by a brief note explaining its contemporary significance. My favorite:

50th anniversary of the launching of the first artificial satellite, the Soviet Union’s Sputnik, marking the dawn of the space age and prompting a huge investment in science education in this country (Oct. 4, 1957).

Today’s perspective: Public increasingly disenchanted with NASA because of fears that space shuttle launchings may scare angels or punch holes in heaven.
Valid fears, both of them.

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