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JANUARY 12

1716 Antonio de Ulloa (Spanish Naval Officer, Economist, Astronomer) Antonio de Ulloa Space and Astronomy
1822 Jean-Joseph Étienne Lenoir (Belgian Inventor Who Devised the First Commercially Successful Internal-Combustion Engine) Étienne Lenoir Automobiles Inventors and Inventions
1899 Paul Hermann Müller (Swiss-born 1948 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Paul Hermann Müller 1948 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1906 Sergei Korolev (Chief Rocket Designer for the Early Soviet Space Program) Sergei Korolev Soviet Union Soviet Space Program
1916 Ruth Rogan Benerito (New Orleans-born Chemist Who Developed the Polymers Necessary for Wrinkle-, Stain-, and Flame-Resistant Cotton Fabrics) Ruth Rogan Benerito Polymers Inventors and Inventions
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2001 William Hewlett (Michigan-born co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard) William Hewlett History of Computer Technology Hewlett-Packard
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1812 The First Commercial Goods Are Delivered to New Orleans by Steamboat New Orleans Steamboats Business Historic Firsts U.S. Army
1888 A Blizzard in Western Minnesota Causes 100 - 150 Death Minnesota Snow Wind Death Minnesota Historical Society
1912 The Lowest Temperature in Iowa's Recorded History (-47 Degrees F) Is Set in Washta Washta, Iowa Temperature Iowa State Historical Society
1913 Alexander T. Heine Flies the First Airplane over Minneapolis Minnesapolis, Minnesota Aviation History Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1937 Howard Hughes Sets Cross-Country Flight Record, 7h 28m Howard Hughes Aviation Historic Firsts NASA
1945 A Japanese Balloon Carrying Bombs Explodes Near Regina, Saskatchewan Regina, Saskatchewan Japan World War II Hot Air Balloons Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 1,900 in Japan Japan Earthquakes Death USGS
1954 U.S. Announces It Will Protect Its Allies through the "Deterrent of Massive Retaliatory Power" Cold War Nuclear Weapons History Channel
1957 President Eisenhower Proposes U.S. & Soviets Limit Use of Space to Peaceful Purposes Only Soviet Union President Eisenhower Cold War Space Exploration NASA
1959 NASA Announces McDonnell Aircraft Will Design, Develop and Construct Mercury Capsule Space Exploration Boeing Corporation NASA
1961 A Nike-Cajun Is First Rocket Launched for Exploration From Italian Soil Italy Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1970 A Boeing 747 Is First Used for a Trans-Atlantic Flight Aviation Historic Firsts NASA
1982 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Injures Two in Honduras Honduras Earthquakes USGS
1986 Space Shuttle Columbia Launches with First Hispanic American in Space Franklin R. Chang-Diaz Space Shuttle Asian-American Studies Latin-American Studies Historic Firsts NASA
1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis Is Launched for MIR Docking and Crew Rotation Mission Space Shuttle Russian Space Program NASA
1998 Nineteen European Nations Sign Treaty in Paris Opposing Human Cloning European History Cloning CNN
2003 NASA Launches ICESat System for Measuring Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Aerosol Heights Earth and Environmental Science Space Exploration NASA
2005 NASA Launches "Deep Impact" for July 4th Collision with Comet Tempel 1 Comets Space Exploration National Geographic

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