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Born in Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
Married, 2 kids.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.

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LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

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January 14, 1967
Human Be-In
It was an event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Polo Fields on January 14, 1967. It was a prelude to San Francisco's Summer of Love, which made the Haight-Ashbury district a symbol of American counterculture and introduced the word "psychedelic" to suburbia.
The Human Be-In focused the key ideas of the 1960s counterculture: personal empowerment, cultural and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, higher consciousness (with the aid of psychedelic drugs), acceptance of illicit drug use, and radical liberal political consciousness. The hippie movement developed out of disaffected student communities around San Francisco State University, City College and Berkeley and in San Francisco's beat generation poets and jazz hipsters, who also combined a search for intuitive spontaneity with a rejection of "middle-class morality".
Organized by counterculture publisher Allen Cohen and artist Michael Bowen with 20,000 hippies gathering in the Haight-Ashbury district to see performances by the Grateful Dead, poet Allen Ginsberg, comedian Dick Gregory, activist Jerry Rubin, and psychologist and LSD advocate Timothy Leary, who urged the audience to "turn on, tune in, and drop out".
Media coverage of the event introduced the American public to the hippie movement and set the stage for what would be described as "The Summer of Love".
The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood Haight-Ashbury. Although hippies also gathered in many other places in the U.S., Canada and Europe, San Francisco was at that time the most publicized location for hippie fashions.
College and high-school students began streaming to this location during the spring break of 1967 and the local government officials, determined to stop the influx of young people once schools ended for the summer, unwittingly brought additional attention to the scene, and a series of articles in local papers alerted the national media to the hippies' growing numbers.
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January 12, 1967
First person to be cryonically preserved.
Dr. Bedford, a psychology professor at the Glendale College in California, had taken advantage of an offer by the cyronics advocacy organization, the Life Extension Society, to freeze the first candidate postmortem at no charge, and had moved into a nursing home so that the procedure could be started immediately after his death.
When his heart stopped beating at 1:15 in the afternoon his body was frozen in a solution of dimethyl sulfoxide as a protectant against skin cell damage, then transferred to storage in liquid nitrogen until the day that science might be able to restore him to life.
Since 1982, Bedford has been housed at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Cryonics (from Greek κρύος 'kryos-' meaning 'cold') is the low-temperature preservation (usually at −196°C) of people who cannot be sustained by contemporary medicine, with the hope that resuscitation and restoration to full health may be possible in the far future. Cryopreservation of humans is not reversible with present technology; cryonicists hope that medical advances will someday allow cryopreserved people to be revived.
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If they could thaw that guy out and bring him to life, it would be a scene out of the movie "Idiocracy"
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January 10, 1967
Edward Brooke takes his seat in the US Senate.
Sworn in as the junior senator from Massachusetts, he becomes the first African-American to win popular election to the upper chamber of Congress.
Brooke was then the commonwealth’s attorney general, famous for his coordination of the hunt for the Boston Strangler. He had run against former Gov. Endicott ‘Chub’ Peabody, who had an impeccable civil rights record.
The candidates were civil – and pretty much silent on the subject of race. Brooke distanced himself from black nationalist Stokely Carmichael, who had delivered fiery speeches in Boston and Cambridge. “I was asking the voters to rise above all that,” Brooke said.
In the run-up to the election, Brooke supported an increase in Social Security benefits, extension of Medicare to young people, a negative federal income tax (for poor people) and improvements to the War on Poverty. He wanted to end the War in Vietnam; Peabody supported it.
Today it’s amazing to consider Brooke ran as a Republican. He beat Peabody by 300,000 votes.
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January 8, 1967
Orbit Inn blast (Las Vegas).
The Orbit Inn was on the southeast corner of 7th and Fremont where the new Container Park stands today. Built in 1961, it was a little upscale from its motel neighbors on lower Fremont. The Orbit Inn boasted three stories with a full restaurant and a large, elevated pool. At the time of the explosion, it was popular, and there was also plenty of nearby residential housing in apartments and single-family homes.
The investigation showed that Richard Paris a jealous husband and army deserter had acquired 50 sticks of dynamite in Arizona the previous day. While his wife was out, Paris smuggled the explosives in and piled them in the motel room. Just waited for her to come back, and then he shot it with a .25 caliber pistol.
The result was tremendous damage and terror. Four innocent lives lost in addition to the perpetrator and his intended victim. Multiple injuries and a city shocked.
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A cold and relatively quiet morning in January 1967 was shattered in the wee hours by a huge explosion in downtown Las Vegas.
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January 6, 1967
The Doors debut album.
The Doors released their self-titled debut album on January 1967. The album features their breakthrough single "Light My Fire" and the lengthy song "The End".
The Doors was not only one of the albums to have been most central to the progression of psychedelic rock, but is also one of the most acclaimed recordings in all of popular music.
The album was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California over six days, with producer Paul A. Rothchild and audio engineer Bruce Botnick. A four-track tape machine was used for recording, using mostly three tracks: bass and drums on one, guitar and organ on another, and Morrison's vocals on the third. The fourth track was used for overdubbing.
In 2012, it was ranked number 42 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time.
The original album has sold 20 million copies, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; "Light My Fire" was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2015, the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.
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January 15, 1967
Superbowl I
It wasn't called Superbowl until the third year.
The Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, 35-10, at the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to win the first interleague championship of American professional football.
The highest price for a ticket was only $12.00 (equivalent to $87 fifty years later), but the stadium was filled to only two-thirds capacity.
It is the only Super Bowl to have been simulcast in the United States by two networks: NBC had the rights to nationally televise AFL games, while CBS held the rights to broadcast NFL games; both networks were allowed to televise the game. The first Super Bowl's entertainment consisted of college bands from the University of Arizona and Grambling State University.
During the game, the official balls from both leagues were used – when the Chiefs were on offense, the official AFL football (Spalding JV-5) was used, and when the Packers were on offense, the official NFL ball (Wilson's "The Duke") was used. Even the officiating crew was made up of a combination of AFL and NFL referees, with the NFL's Norm Schachter as the head referee.
The current trophy, Vince Lombardi, was named after the Green Packers' coach, winner of the first two editions.
Superbowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. The seven most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history are Super Bowls. In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 114.4 million viewers.
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January 13, 1967
McDonnell Douglas is founded.
McDonnell Douglas was a major American aerospace manufacturing corporation and defense contractor formed by the merger of McDonnell Aircraft and the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967. Between then and its own merger with Boeing 30 years later, it produced a number of well-known commercial and military aircraft such as the DC-10 airliner and F-15 Eagle air-superiority fighter.
The corporation was based at Lambert–St. Louis International Airport near St. Louis, Missouri, while the headquarters for its subsidiary, the McDonnell Douglas Technical Services Company (MDTSC), were established in unincorporated St. Louis County, Missouri.
The company was formed from the firms of James Smith McDonnell and Donald Wills Douglas. Both men were of Scottish ancestry, graduates of MIT and had worked for the aircraft manufacturer Glenn L. Martin Company.
World War II was a major earner for Douglas. The company produced almost 30,000 aircraft (Douglas DC-3) from 1942 to 1945 and the workforce swelled to 160,000. Both companies suffered at the end of the war, facing an end of government orders and a surplus of aircraft.
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January 11, 1967
Launch of Intelsat II F-2.
Intelsat II F-2, also known as Lani Bird (Lani=Heaven in Hawaiian), was a communications satellite operated by Intelsat.
The second of four Intelsat II satellites to be launched, Intelsat II F-2 was built by Hughes Aircraft around the HS-303A satellite bus. It carried two transponders, which were powered by body-mounted solar cells generating 85 watts of power.
The spacecraft had a mass of 162 kilograms (357 lb) at launch, decreasing to 86 kilograms (190 lb) by the beginning of its operational life.
Intelsat II F-2 was launched atop a Delta E1 rocket flying from Launch Complex 17B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch took place at 10:55:00 on January 11, 1967, with the spacecraft entering a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
The satellite achieved around two years of operation providing transpacific service before failing in 1969.
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January 9, 1967
January Storm in China.
No, it's not about the weather but the winds of change.
Some compare it to the French Revolution and the liberation of the oppressed from government. Others say it was politicians using people to get rid of their opposition.
People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, began the new year with the editorial "Carry the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Through to the End", directing all Party faithful to launch a general attack on specific people, particularly China's President, Liu Shaoqi; the next day, officials addressing a rally of 10,000 people in Beijing listed twenty charges against Liu.
On January 2, Chinese Marxist theorist Zhou Yang became the latest victim of China's Cultural Revolution and the People's Daily published its new editorial, "Criticizing the Reactionary Two-faced Zhou Yang", though the article also contained a subtle criticism of another high party official, Propaganda Minister Tao Zhu, who would become the next Revolution victim two days later.
On January 3, 1967, Lin Biao and Jiang Qing employed local media and grassroots organizations to generate the so-called "January Storm", during which the Shanghai municipal government was essentially overthrown.
This paved the way for Wang Hongwen to take charge of the city as leader of the so-called Shanghai People's Commune, later renamed the Municipal Revolutionary Committee.
In Beijing, Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping were once again the targets of criticism; others attacked Vice Premier Tao Zhu, signalling that even central government officials were now 'fair game' for attacks.
A group of at least 20 members of China's Red Guards appeared at the Zhongnanhai section of Beijing where the nation's prominent party and governmental leaders lived and invaded the residence of President Liu Shaoqi and his wife, Wang Guangmei, then ordered them to listen to a 40-minute lecture about his failures.
Cao Diqiu was deposed as Mayor of Shanghai along with most of the municipal government. The act by Shanghai's rebels was approved by China's leader, Mao Zedong, who "proposed it as an example to be emulated", leading to the Red Guards and rebels to "seize power" in their schools and workplaces.
Mao praised these actions through the party-run People's Daily, urging all local government leaders to rise in self-criticism, or the criticism of others suspected of "counterrevolutionary activity". Many local governments followed Shanghai's example, with red guards or other revolutionary groups "seizing power" from the established party and government organs.
On January 9, Radio stations across China began broadcasting the "Urgent Notice" that had originated in Shanghai, with the warning that "All those who have opposed Chairman Mao, Vice-Chairman Lin, and the Communist China Red Guards, and all those who have sabotaged the Cultural Revolution and production, will immediately be arrested by the Public Security Bureau in accordance with the law. All those who violate rules against economism will immediately be punished as saboteurs off the Cultural Revolution."
Zhang Chunqiao was able to place himself at the head of the mass movement, and encouraged the return of workers to the factories. He promised that the governing organs of Shanghai would be reconstructed along the lines of the Paris Commune, the original model of proletarian dictatorship for Marxists. With the endorsement of Mao, the Shanghai People’s Commune was proclaimed on February 5th.
It was to last less than 20 days. While the idea of the Commune as a new form of socialist organization seized the imaginations of many rebels, Chairman Mao was less confident. Viewing the Commune model as “too weak when it comes to suppressing counterrevolutionaries,” and fearing that the CCP would lose its role in the revolutionary process, Mao was attracted to the “revolutionary committees” which had taken power in Shaanxi and Harbin. Such committees, which had relied on the decisive influence of the People’s Liberation Army, were formed as “triple alliances” between the rebel Red Guards, the Party and the Army, with the latter clearly as the dominant partner and the mass organizations increasingly excluded altogether.
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January 7, 1967
The Forsyte Saga.
A 1967 BBC television adaptation of John Galsworthy's series of The Forsyte Saga novels. The series follows the fortunes of the upper middle class Forsyte family, and stars Eric Porter as Soames, Kenneth More as Young Jolyon and Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene.
Back in 1967, the BBC wanted to introduce its newly created channel, BBC2, and needed a major attraction to draw more subscribers to the young station.
It was adapted for television and was originally shown in twenty-six episodes on Saturday evenings between 7 January and 1 July 1967 on BBC2, at a time when only a small proportion of the population had television sets able to receive the channel.
The show garnered four BAFTA Awards (from the British Association of Film and Television Artists). Given that success, Forsyte was quickly shown again on BBC1 where it attracted an incredible 18 million viewers in the final episode in 1969.
It was the last BBC drama ever produced in black and white and, at a cost of £250,000, it was the BBC's most expensive drama produced to date.
A soap opera in the classic sense, with villains and ladies, a huge cast, and an ongoing nest of overlapping storylines in which passion, beauty, deceit and sensationalism were integral, it became a phenomenon and gripped the United Kingdom like nothing before. Pubs closed early and the streets were deserted. The Church even rescheduled its evening worship services so that the immense audience could be ready for the start of the show at 7:25pm
It was shown in the United States on public television and became the first BBC television series to be sold to the Soviet Union.
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January 5, 1967
Janus is Saturn X.
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory confirmed the existence of a 10th moon orbiting the planet Saturn, which French astronomer Audouin Dollfus had found while studying a photograph taken on December 15 (most sources give this day as the discovery date). It marked the first new Saturnian moon discovered since Phoebe was found in 1899.
The satellite proposed name was Janus (on February 1, 1967) and given that name in 1983.
Janus shares its orbit with Epimetheus. Because their orbits are 50km apart they perform a swap every 4 years. The closest one to Saturn catches up with the furthest one slowing it down with its gravitational pull. This slowdown causes the furthest one to move to a closer orbit to Saturn and the closest one to move further. With the new orbits the closest one will speed up and catch up with the other one and perform the swap again.
In fact, Epimetheus was discovered in December 18th, 1966 by Richard Walker while trying to confirm the discovery of Janus. But we wouldn't know they were two different objects until October 1978.
Currently there are 62 moons with confirmed orbits around Saturn but only 53 have names and only 13 of which have diameters larger than 50 kilometres.
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  • I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to
  • Born in Argentina 
  • Lived in 3 different countries
  • Blood type: Red
  • Married, 2 kids.
  • Accountant. 
  • Personal Computer user since 1981
  • Internet user since 1995. 
  • Social network user since 2007.
  • Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
  • Have driven on both sides of the road.
  • Bilingual: Spanish and English
  • Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
  • Favourite music: Too many to make a list. Watch what I am listening to.
  • Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
  • Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution. 
  • LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
  • "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
  • "Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
  • "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
  • "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)
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