The First "Wearable" Technology: the "Nuremberg Egg" Watch *
The exact date is fuzzy for the invention of the pocket watch, and several people want to claim its invention but it was PROBABLY Peter Henlein... a young locksmith taking refuge from the law in a Nuremberg monastery a few years ago. He has a lot of time on his hands, so to speak, so he creates a better clock. Clocks of this time are delicate devices that require a sturdy base but Peter creates a more durable mechanism inside of an intense-burner that was used to protect one's self from the Plague. (If the incense is smokey enough it keeps people away from you so it probably helps.) His new table clock probably kept time for 14-16 hours and was accurate to within a half hour... a miracle! This year he has produced a wearable clock with only an hour hand. It's spring mechanism lasts for 40 hours on a winding. It has a spherical casing called a "Nuremberg egg". It is a work of art that is pinned to one's clothing or worn as a pendant.    
Henry the 8th Takes the Throne by Storm
King Henry the 7th of England has died of tuberculosis at age 52. His son, King Henry the 8th, takes the throne. He is 17 years old. Shortly thereafter he has two of his father's ministers arrested and tried for treason and extortion. They are beheaded and the money they stole is returned to the people, thus, making King Henry a very popular man. He quickly marries Catherine of Aragon, a marriage that his father had forbidden. However, King Henry reports that his father changed his mind on his deathbed. (Yeah... funny thing those deathbed conversations. The dead are so talkative.) Sir Thomas More wrote of King Henry the 8th, "The King has a way of making every man feel that he is enjoying his special favour." Sir Thomas More will be singled out for the King's special attention. In the future he will be tried for treason and beheaded for opposing the Protestant Reformation. The feces is about to hit the rotating oscillator.   
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1509, Wikipedia.
- * The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
- Peter Henlein (PDF). Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
- Portable Watches (PDF). Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015. “Today the bulk of the membership unites collectors, scholars and museum professionals interested in the historical aspects of clocks, sundials and watches.”
- Spherical Table Watch (Melanchthon's Watch) (IMAGE). The Walters Art Museum (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
- Wearable computer - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
- Apple Watch - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.
- Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings. Ballantine Books. ISBN 9780345521354. “In April 1509, Henry VII died, and his son, the tall and handsome young Henry VIII, ascended the throne to an outburst of popular acclaim. On May 11, Thomas Boleyn performed his last duty for the old King, serving as Esquire of the Body at his funeral [...] He was dubbed a Knight of the Bath [...] and soon afterward was appointed a Knight of the Body to Henry VIII, a position that required him to serve as bodyguard to the King, sleeping on a pallet outside Henry's door, in turn with other Knights of the Body.”
- Henry VIII of England - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 22 January 2015.
- Catherine of Aragon - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 22 January 2015.
- I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 23 January 2015.