july 1934

Happy Birthday to the Mother of Radiation!

Today is the birthday of Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934), a Franco-Polish chemist and physicist famous for her pioneering work on radioactivity with her husband, Pierre Curie.  

When the Curies saw radium glowing in a test tube at the turn of the last century, they knew that they were seeing something new for which no word existed.  The word they coined, radioactive, was a combination of the Latin word radius meaning a ray and the French wordactif from the Latin word actus meaning a doing, a driving, impulse; a part in a play.  TheCuries were attempting to convey what they were seeing-energy radiating out from the material.  Today, radioactive decay is defined as the process by which an atomic nucleus of an unstable atom loses energy by emitting ionizing particles.  There are many types of radioactivity classified today, but all fall under the larger definition of activity radiating out in rays.

Image of Marie Curie in the public domain.


Maria Salomea Skłodowska (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
—  Marie Curie (November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934) was a Polish physicist and chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes—in physics and chemistry. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

Forest Hills Cemetery

Jamaica Plain, MA

Monument to a young aviator Edward Thaw Jr. who died in a plane crash when the aircraft he was piloting crashed in New Mexico during a cross country flight (Quincy, MA to San Diego, CA) on July 7th of 1934

Birthday’s revisited.

Jeff born 15th July 1934
Diane born 9th April 1942
They married 1969
Daniel born 29th November 1970
Mary-Sue born 3rd June 1972
They married 1997
Jennifer born 25th May 1980
Angela and Lilith Born 19th October 2000

The Burbs
Brad 16th January 1942
Tiffany 22nd September 1941
They married 1977
John born 28th March 1979
Lucy Born 15th July 2004

The Goths
Gunther was born 16th September 1910
Cornelia was born 18th March 1922
The married 1950
Mortimer was born 1st May 1956
Bella was born 22nd July 1957
The married 1985
Cassandra was born 24th August 1986
Alexander was born 21st June 2002
Additional Members
Agnes Crumplebottom Born 8th September 1933
Robert Crumplebottom Born 1927
Maggie CrumpleBottom Born 1927
Michael Bachelor Born 23rd July 1948

Bob Born 1949
Betty Born 1949
They married 1993
Brandi 26th March 1988

Flat 1961
Flo 1960
They married, never, they just wore rings and shared the name as a sign of Commitment, but Flo never changed her name legally.
Ruby 1979
Skip Born 26th March 1988
Dustin Born December 24th 2001
Beau Born 2nd June 2011

Darren 20th May 1978
Darleen 29th May 1979
They married 1997
Dirk Born 1st January 2001 

Herb Born 14th October 1935
Coral Born 31st August 1936
They Married 1967
They Adopted Mary-Sue in 1975

Nina and Dina Caliente born 31st October 1987
Dina Married in 2005

Don Lothario born in 25th January 1987  

Kaylynn born in 1993
Gordon King Born in 1967
River McIrish born in 1947
Sky McIrish born in 1966
Summer McIrish  born in 1992
Claire Charming born in 1954

Katharine Hepburn with sculpture for Vanity Fair, July 1934. Photograph by Cecil Beaton.

In 1932 Hepburn moved to Hollywood where she made her film début and immediately attracted the attention of critics and the public with her elegant figure and acting skills. However, her unconventional attitude, her athletic almost boyish allure, and strong independence differed from Hollywood’s traditional feminine stereotypes.