Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Houston, We Have a Problem

On this date in 1970, the Apollo 13 mission was launched. The crew consisted of Rusty Swigert, Jim Lovell, and Fred Haise. Two days later, on April 13th, an oxygen tank ruptured putting the entire mission into a life threatening situation. Through shear tenacity and ingenuity, all three astronauts were returned to earth safely after looping around the moon. A movie dramatizing the events was released in 1995.


Apollo 13: Wikipedia


On this date in 1901, Adriano Olivetti was born. Olivetti was famous for his typewriters, calculators, and computers. Olivetti studied business in the United States and brought the methods of Taylorism to his father's typewriter shop. The result was dramatically increased production which the socialist-minded Adriano used to increase the wages of his workers and improve their living conditions. He was a member of the anti-fascist underground during WWII. He died in 1960.

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