meaning of life

In Edinburgh, Interesting things on June 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Isn’t 42. Or if you believe the notes of (presumably the name written in the book) C. B. Whittaker anyway. I’ve found an article by a C. B. Whittaker which looks relevant enough to be the same person, and there’s a mention in another article (although being mentioned for doing autopsies on animals might not be as relevant…),  helps that it’s 1961 and the envelope was stamped 20th December 1961. Most of the notes seem to be from ’62 and at least one of the newspaper clippings is (obituaries are all 1962). There’s quite a few notes written over the book, so another time I’ll go through and scan those. Some bits and pieces for now though.










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Not read much yet, mostly because that handwriting is terrible (if you can decipher it…). But some highlights of 28th January 1962 and all of 1962 instead.

28.1.1962 – Johannes Relleke, a tin miner in Southern Rhodesia, survived 2,443 bee stings and earned a spot in the Guinness category “Most bee stings removed”

  • 3.1.1962 Fidel Castro is excommunicated by Pope John XXIII
  • 4.1.1962 a subway train that operates without a crew is introduced in New York
  • 26.1.1962 Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. It misses the moon by 22,000 miles
  • 3.2.1962 U.S. embargo against Cuba is announced
  • 4.2.1962 The Sunday Times becomes the first UK paper to print a colour supplement
  • 20.2.1962 John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth – three times in 4 hours 55 minutes
  • 19.3.1962 Bob Dylan releases his debut album in the U.S.
  • 14.4.1962 a Cuban military tribunal convicts 1179 Bay of Pigs attackers
  • 26.4.1962 Ranger 4 crashes into the moon
  • 25.6.1962 the U.S. Supreme Court rules that images of nude men aren’t obscene, decriminalising male porn magazines.
  • 9.7.1962 Warhol premieres his Campbell soup cans
  • 10.7.1962 AT&T’s Telstar – the first commercial  communications satellite – is launched
  • 13.7.1962 ‘night of the long knives’ Macmillan removes 1/3 of his cabinet
  • 5.8.1962 Marilyn Monroe is found dead
  • 16.8.1962 Pete Best replaced by Ringo Starr
  • 11.9.1962 The Beatles record ‘Love Me Do’ at Abbey Rd
  • 5.10.1962 Doctor No premieres in UK cinemas
  • 14.10.1962 Cuban missile crisis begins – Soviet nuclear weapons are photographed being installed
  • 28.10.1962 Khrushchev agrees to remove missiles from Cuba, Kennedy agrees to remove missiles from Turkey
  • 2.12.1962 an American official makes the first non-optimistic comment about the Vietnam war
  • 14.12.1962 The Mona Lisa was assessed for insurance at US$100 million
  • 21.12.1962 Britain agrees to purchase Polaris missiles from the U.S.
  • 22.12.1962 ‘big freeze’ in Britain – no frost free nights until 5.3.1963

I think that’ll do…

So much sunshine I even got burnt. Although I could probably burn standing outside in several layers at night.



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