On This Day
1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
An X-ray, or X-radiation, is a penetrating form of high-energy electromagnetic radiation. Most X-rays have a wavelength ranging from 10 picometers to 10 nanometers, corresponding to frequencies in the range 30 petahertz to 30 exahertz (3×1016 Hz to 3×1019 Hz) and energies in the range 124 eV to 124 keV. X-ray wavelengths are shorter than those of UV rays and typically longer than those of gamma rays. In many languages, X-radiation is referred to as Röntgen radiation, after the German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen, who discovered it on November 8, 1895. He named it X-radiation to signify an unknown type of radiation. Spellings of X-ray(s) in English include the variants x-ray(s), xray(s), and X ray(s).
Born On This Day
1738 – Barbara Catharina Mjödh, Finnish poet (d. 1776)
Barbara Catharina Mjödh (8 November 1738 – 1776) was a Finnish poet. She was born to the vicar and politician Abraham Mjödh (died 1786) and Magdalena Ross. Mjödh wrote of great occasions in peoples’ lives, such as weddings and funerals. In 1754, she published her funeral poem of Anna Gerdzlovia. She was praised for her talent, but her career is regarded to have been severely subdued because of her marriage.
George Alexander Trebek, OC (/trəˈbɛk/; July 22, 1940 – November 8, 2020) was a Canadian-American television personality, game show host and actor. He was the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! after its revival in 1984, and also hosted a number of other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth. Trebek also made appearances in numerous television series, in which he usually played himself.
A native of Canada, Trebek became a naturalized United States citizen in 1998. He received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times for his work on Jeopardy!. On November 8, 2020, Trebek died at age 80 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer; he had been contracted to host Jeopardy! until 2022.
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