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1936 Robert Wilson (Texas-born 1978 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Robert Wilson Astronomy 1978 Nobel Laureate for Physics
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1778 Carolus Linnaeus (Swedish Botanist) Carolus Linnaeus Botany
1951 Sinclair Lewis (Minnesota-born 1930 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Sinclair Lewis American Authors 1930 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1951 Thomas Elmer Braniff (Kansas-born Founder of Braniff Airlines) Thomas Elmer Braniff Avaition
1800 5" Snowfall Near Point Peter Is Most in Florida's Recorded History Florida Snow Florida Historical Society
1853 The Memphis & Little Rock Railroad Is Chartered Little Rock, Arkansas Memphis, Tennessee Railroad Business Arkansas History Commission
1863 World's First Subway Line Opens in London London London Historic Firsts New York Times
1888 A.B. Blackburn Receives U.S. Patent #375,362 for a Railway Signal Patents and Trademarks Railroad Inventors and Inventions African-American Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors Assistance League African American Registry
1895 Washington State's Mount Baldy Erupts Washington Volcancoes Washington
1910 Thousands Attend the First Los Angeles International Air Meet Los Angeles, California Aviation Historic Firsts Learn California
Oil Is Discovered at El Dorado, Arkansas El Dorado, Arkansas Business Arkansas History Commission
1939 In Delaware, the 395-ton Freighter SS Waukegan Rams and Destroys the St. Georges Bridge on the C&D Canal Delaware Naval History Bridges Canals State of Delaware
1946 The First Radar Signal Is Bounced Off the Moon The Moon History of Technology Historic Firsts NASA
1956 First U.S.-built Liquid-rocket Engine Is Fired at Santa Susana, California California Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1957 President Eisenhower Declares U.S. Interest in Agreements for Missile & Satellite Development President Eisenhower Space Exploration Nuclear Weapons Cold War NASA
1961 U.S. Conducts Successful Test of Its Polaris Missile System Nuclear Weapons Cold War NASA
1968 U.S. Surveyor 7 Lands Near Lunar Crater Tycho Lunar Exploration NASA
1975 A 3-day Blizzard Begins in Minnesota That Will Close Most Roads, Killing 35 People and 15,000 Cattle Minnesota Snow Wind Transportation Death Minnesota Historical Society
1976 A Heavy Snowstorm Causes a 325-car Pileup on a Minneapolis Freeway Minnesota Snow Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
1998 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves 70 Dead, 44,000 Families Homeless in China China Earthquakes Death USGS
6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Injures 16 in Guatemala Guatemala Earthquakes USGS
2000 AOL & Time Warner Announce Plans to Merge The Internet Businesses and Corporations Time-Warner AOL

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