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1865 Louis Paschen (German Physicist, Spectroscopist) German Scientists & Mathematicians Physics Light
1908 Lev Davidovich Landau (Azerbaijani 1962 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Lev Davidovich Landau Physics Plasma Helium 1962 Nobel Laureate for Physics
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1779 Jeremiah Dixon (English Surveyor of the Mason-Dixon Line) English Scientists & Mathematicians Mason-Dixon Line State of Delaware
1887 Joseph Whitworth (English Engineer, Inventor) English Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Technology and Society
1909 Richard A C E Erlenmeyer (German Chemist) German Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry
1837 The First Steamboat Arrives in Houston, Texas Houston, Texas Steamboats Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1882 Fifth Street Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York, Is First Church in America to be Lit by Electric Lights Troy, New York Religion Electricity Historic Firsts Concordia
1895 Lifebuoy Soap is Trademarked Soap Trademarks and Patents USPTO
1922 Itasca, Minnesota Records a Temperature of -51 F Itasca County, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota Historical Society
1923 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Humboldt County, California Causes Severe Damage to Many Homes and Buildings Humboldt County, California Earthquake USGS
1935 Snow Is Reported in the Florida Panhandle Florida Snow Florida Historical Society
1936 Warroad, Minnesota Records a Temperature of -55 F Warroad, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota Historical Society
1939 The First Uranium Atom Is Split at Columbia University Uranium Nuclear Energy Historic Firsts Columbia University
1950 Auto Maker Preston Tucker Is Cleared of Fraud Charges Michigan Business Leaders Automobiles Technology and Society History Channel
1965 NASA Launches TIROS 9 Television Infrared Observation Satellite Weather Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1968 NASA Launches the Unpiloted Apollo 5 Spacecraft for First Orbital Test of the Lunar Module Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1969 NASA Launches OSO-5 Orbiting Solar Observatory Space Exploration The Sun NASA
1970 First Regularly-Scheduled Commercial Boeing 747 Flight Is Made from New York to London London, England New York City Aviation History Historic Firsts New York Times
1972 NASA Launches British-Built Intelsat 4 Commercial Communications Satellite Great Britain Space Exploration NASA
1975 NASA Launches Landsat 2 Mapping Satellite into Orbit Space Exploration Maps NASA
1984 Apple Super Bowl Advertising Announces the Macintosh Television Propaganda Apple CNN
1985 90% of Florida's Citrus Crop Is Destroyed by the State's Worst Freezing Weather of the 20th Century Florida Citrus Industry Weather Economics Florida Historical Society
1988 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Is Felt Across Two-Thirds of Australia Australia Earthquake USGS
1989 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 274 People in Tajikistan Tajikistan Earthquake Death USGS
1992 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-42) for 8-day Microgravity Laboratory Mission Space Shuttle NASA
Dr. Roberta Bondar Is Canada's First Woman in Space Canada Women Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA
1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-81) Returns from 5th MIR Docking Space Shuttle MIR NASA
Kansas Woman Is the First Human to be Hit by Falling Space Debris Kansas Space Exploration Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1998 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-89) for 8th MIR Docking Space Shuttle MIR NASA

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