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Mac OS X has a ‘this date in history’ feature July 8, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Apple, Humor, Information Technology, Mac, Random, Software, Technology, Web.

Did you know that if you are using a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X (all versions, I think) you could find out what happened on that date (or day) in history by typing a command in the terminal window? Well, you can!

Cut/paste this: more /usr/share/calendar/calendar.* | grep `date +”%m/%d”`

And, below is the response I got, today, July 8th.

07/08 – Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin born, 1838
07/08 – Bell Telephone Co. formed (predecessor of AT&T), 1877
07/08 – CDC incorporated, 1957
07/08 – First public reading of the Declaration of Independence, 1776
07/08 – Liberty Bell cracks while being rung at funeral of John Marshall, 1835

I especially like the last two entries since they tie in nicely to this post on July 4th. I think I might set up my Mac so that it runs that command every time I open the terminal program.



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