The 8-bit microprocessor MOS Technology 6502 was designed in 1975 by Chuck Peddle and Bill Mensch. It was much less expensive than the 8-bit microprocessors bigger companies like Motorola and Intel had come out with. It was also just a good as their products were.
It was the MOS Technology 6502 along with the Zilog Z80 that started the computer projects that eventually led to the home computer revolution of the 1980s. Just think, had this microprocessor not been made so affordable and well, we wouldn't have Halo or Call of Duty or even The Last of Us. It was the beginning of more than they knew.
So, in the 1980s the Atari, Apple II, and other home gaming consoles started popping up. The MOS Technology 6502 has been made in famous pop culture references, too. In the 1984 The Terminator, featuring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, the audience is given a view through the T-800 Model-101 robot character's eye camera of a display of a 6502 assembly language program fragment several times.
The industrial robot, Bender, from Fox's Futurama is manufactured in the year 2998 and it was revealed in the episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory" that Bender had a 6502 as his brain. The head writer and producer of Futurama, David X. Cohen, said that he and his friends wrote a compiler for the Apple II Plus using a 6502 in high school, and that is where he got the idea for Bender's brain.
Talk about irony...or was it destiny? Buzz Aldrin was a Jersey boy born in 1930. He grew up in New Jersey and graduated a year early from high school taking him straight to West Point where he graduated third in his class with a BS in mechanical engineering.
He joined the Air Force and flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in the Korean War. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his work in Korea. He did a tour of duty in Germany flying F100s and then returned to the U.S. where he got his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT.
He wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous. He was well chosen by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts and the only one with a doctorate. This is where we all know him from, of course.
Ironically, Aldrin's mother was named Marion Moon! He then was chosen by NASA to become an astronaut and one of the first two people to ever set foot on the moon. Aldrin was a pivotal piece in NASA's space program. He came up with the idea of using underwater training as a substitute for zero-gravity flights and the docking and rendezvous techniques he made for the spacecraft and lunar orbit were critical in the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs. His techniques are still used by NASA today.
When it was built, the Citicorps center had a high chance of falling down. The engineers fixed it without telling anyone!
The Citicorps Center was built in the 1970s in New York City. At it's completion it was the 7th tallest building in the world. William J. LeMessurier was the structural engineer on the project. Only a year after it was built it became apparent that the Citicorps Center could only withstand a sixteen-year-storm, meaning it had a one in sixteen chance that it would totally collapse every year.
Originally it was meant to be able to withstand a one in fifty-five-year-storm. The problem was easily a career ender for LeMessurier. Instead of ignoring the problem or simply committing suicide to get out of the problem, LeMessurier decided to take responsibility, but secretly.
He hatched a plan that involved workers to fix all 200 joints of the building's structure, hired people to oversee the work carefully and make sure it was done properly, and then hired 2,000 Red Cross workers to help evacuate the building should something have gone wrong. He managed to do it without anyone knowing for twenty years.
The information finally came out in the late 1990s and LeMessurier was able to keep his reputation sound and ended up making Citicorp Center the strongest building in the world able to withstand a 700-year-storm.
On February 12, 1884, Teddy Roosevelt's wife gave birth to a baby girl while he was away on Assembly business. He was sure the baby would be born on April 14th, the couple's 4 year anniversary.
He was making arrangements to go home when he got another telegram saying that his wife had taken ill. When he finally made it, his wife was in a commatose condition. He held her for two hours until alerted to his mother's deteriorating condition, two floors below in the Roosevelts' Manhattan home. 49-year-old Martha "Mittie" Bulloch Roosevelt had been ill for several days with what would later be determined to be typhoid fever.
His mother died an hour later. Theodore then rushed upstairs to his wife, whom he held for several hours until she died on the afternoon of the 14th from a combination of undiagnosed Bright's disease and childbirth complications; at least one modern medical specialist who has commented postulates that Alice did not have Bright's disease but instead died from toxemia of pregnancy or pre-eclampsia.
Her death occurred on Valentine's Day, the four-year anniversary of their engagement. She was 22 years old.
A farmer in England hid the castle he built for four years. He didn't get planning permission to build the castle and used hay bales and tarps to keep the castle hidden during construction and even after he, his wife, and their son moved into it.
It is a beautiful four bedroom castle with ramparts, turrets, and a cannon. After four years, he finally revealed the home and tried to get it approved to be there. Unfortunately the government was none too pleased with his secrecy and he's been ordered by the courts to demolish the castle.
He refuses to let them demolish his home, though. He plans on taking the ruling to the appellate court and onto the supreme courts of England if he has to to save his castle. As of 2013, he's lost every battle and is running out of room to appeal. Things aren't looking good for this castle.