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DECEMBER 14

1546 Tycho Brahe (Danish Astronomer) Tycho Brahe Space and Astronomy
1730 James Bruce (Scottish Explorer of Ethiopia: The First European Explorer of Tropical Africa) Scottish Explorers Ethiopia
1896 Jimmy Doolittle (California-born World War I Flying Ace) Jimmy Doolittle Aviation World War II
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1921 Henrietta Leavitt (Massachusetts-born Astronomer) Massachusetts Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
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1807 First Meteorite Recorded in the New World Creates 5' Crater in Connecticut Connecticut Meteors & Meteroites Historic Firsts Yale University
1898 The First Steam Locomotive Pulls into the Eastern Oregon Town of Moro Moro, Oregon Railroads Historic Firsts SalemOregon.com
1902 British Ship Silvertown Begins Laying First Cable From San Francisco to Hawaii Hawaii San Francisco Naval History Historic Firsts
1911 Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen Is First Person to Reach the South Pole Roald Amundsen Antarctica Historic Firsts History Channel
1918 British Women Vote and Stand for Election for First Time Great Britain Women's Suffrage Voting Historic Firsts
1940 Research Team, Headed by Glenn Seaborg, Produces the First Plutonium Glenn Seaborg Plutonium Historic Firsts Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1962 Venus Probe, Mariner II Transmits Earth's First Data From Another Planet, Venus Venus Space Exploration Historic Firsts BBC NASA
1964 Parker Pen of Janesville, Wisconsin Begins Trading as a Public Stock Janesville, Wisconsin Markets & Investments Historic Firsts Parker Pen Wisconsin Historical Society
1966 NASA Launches Biosatellite 1 to Determine Effects of Space Environment on Life Processes Space Exploration NASA
1972 Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt Commemorate Their Final Moon Walk with a Plaque Space Exploration Lunar Exploration BBC Technology and Society
1986 Voyager Aircraft Begins First Non-stop, Non-refueled Flight Around the World California Aviation History Historic Firsts NASA

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