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On This Day in Nerd History – January 28

January 28, 2014

Did you know that today is Data Privacy Day? Today is an international holiday to raise awareness and promote data privacy education.

Data flows freely in today’s online world. Everyone – from home computer users to multinational corporations – needs to be aware of the personal data others have entrusted to them and remain vigilant and proactive about protecting it. Being a good online citizen means practicing conscientious data stewardship. Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint, and make the protection of privacy and data a great priority in their lives.

Take a few moments today to change your passwords, back up your data, and update your anti-virus software. Remind your kids of the importance of privacy, and not to give out too much information. For more tips and information, click here!


Photo of Elijah WoodToday is also the birthday of a notable actor in nerdom, Elijah Wood! Born today in 1981, he’s best known for his role as Frodo in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Wood has a long film career that began at the age of 8 in Back to the Future Part II. Other memorable roles include Wilfred, Kevin in Sin City, the kid in Flipper, the voice of Spyro, and the voice of Shay in the upcoming game Broken Age.


Finally we end on a somber note. It was on this day in 1986 that the Space Shuttle Challenger broke up on launch, killing all seven astronauts aboard: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Greg Jarvis, and school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

I remember as a kid following this space mission closely in school, due to McAuliffe’s involvement. We were in class when it happened, not watching it, but a school administrator popped her head into the classroom to whisper in the ear of our teacher what happened. She broke the news to us gently while holding back tears, and went on with the lesson. I think I was too young to really understand, but I do remember all the adults being very upset.

President Ronald Reagan said of the loss:

“Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short. But we must pick ourselves up again and press on despite the pain.”

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