This Day in Geek History: July 7
The Prussian mathematician Christian Goldbach dates a letter to Leonhard Euler in which he presents his famous conjecture (later known as Goldbach’s conjecture). Goldberg’s conjecture proposes that “Every even natural number greater than 2 is equal to the sum of two prime numbers.” The theory will remain perpetually unproven due to the infinite nature of numbers, even through the computer age, despite the fact that it can be proven for numbers up to 4 x 1014.
The first comic book in history, “The Wasp,” is published in Hudson, New York. The Wasp was created by Robert Rusticoat.
A radio compass is used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane.
NBC makes its first attempt at actual programming after more than six years of testing. The program is a thirty minute variety show distributed by RCA licensees. The program features dance ensemble, film clips, monologue, speeches, and vocal numbers.
Several U.S. patents are issued for the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver to inventor Henry F. Phillips. (US Nos. 2,046,343, 2,046,837 -40) The patents describe a fastening system involving a shallow cruciform recess and a matching driver with a tapering tip that conveniently self-centers in the screw head. Phillips founded the Phillips Screw Company to license his patents.
Universal Pictures releases the horror film The Mummy’s Ghost, directed by Reginald Le Borg and starring Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery, and Ramsay Ames, is released to U.S. theaters. The film is the sequel to the hit, The Mummy’s Tomb. IMDB listing
Universal Pictures releases the horror film The Brides of Dracula, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlar, and David Peel, to theaters in the United Kingdom. In the film, a young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In so doing she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily, Dr. Van Helsing is already on his way. IMDB listing Length: 1 hr 25 mins
The film The Spy Who Loved Me, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, and Richard Kiel, is released to UK theaters. It is the 10th film in the James Bond franchise and the third to star Roger Moore. Produced on a budget of US$14, the film will gross US$46,838,673 domestically during its theatrical run. IMDB listing Length: 2 hrs 5 mins
Universal Pictures releases the film Battlestar Galactica, directed by Richard A. Colla and starring Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, and Lorne Greene, is released to Canadian, European, and Japanese theaters. The film recut from the pilot of the American television series BattleStar Galactica, which was titled Saga of a Star World. In fact, the film was released to defray the cost of the three hour pilot episode, which was produced on a budget of US$7 million, the largest single-episode television budget ever. Cashing in on the sci-fi buzz generated by the recent release of Star Wars, the film will gross US$20 million at the box office. IMDB listing