March 29, 2010

Today in Teacherninja History

On this day in 1974, Mariner 10 became the first probe to fly by Mercury.

It was also the first day, in 2008, we held an Earth Hour.

It's the birthday of biologist and teacherninja Richard Lewontin, born in 1929, winner of the Nobel Prize who helped set the stage for what is now known as molecular evolution. With fellow techerninja Stephen J. Gould he wrote one of the most wonderful papers on evolutionary biology, "The Spandrels of San Marco." Teacheninja John Dennehy has a great post on this here.

It's also the birthday, in 1968, of Lucy Lawless. Teacherninja connection? Her mother was a teacher! And astronomer Mike Brown nicknamed his discovered dwarf planet "Xena" in honor of her famed character.

Oh, and it's also my own Pop's birthday! Hope he digs the Magic Mouse I got him.