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1872 Morris William Travers (English Chemist Who co-Discovered the Elements Neon, Krypton, and Xenon) Morris William Travers Chemistry Krypton
1928 Desmond Morris (English Zoologist, Author of The Naked Ape, Host of Zootime on BBC Television) English Scientists & Mathematicians Animals
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1848 Gold Is Discovered at Sutter's Lumber Mill in California California Gold Rush Gold Westward Expansion Library of Congress
1860 Etienne Lenoir Receives French Patent for First Successful Internal-combustion Engine Gasoline Engine Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks Historic Firsts Cambridge University
1871 Charles Goodyear Patents Machine for Sewing Boots & Shoes Charles Goodyear Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks USPTO
1888 Wilmington, Delaware's Electric Street Railway Begins Operation Wilmington, Delaware Transportation Electricity State of Delaware
1907 Curtiss Sets Land Speed Record on V-8 Motorcycle (136.29 mph) Automotives Historic Firsts History Channel
1925 Excitement Runs High for the Only New England Total Solar Eclipse of the 20th Century Sun Amateur Astronomers Association
1940 In Lewes, Delaware, the Queen Anne Pier Is All but Destroyed by Wind and Snow Lewes, Delaware Naval History Snow Wind State of Delaware
1948 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 72 in the Republic of the Philippines Republic of the Philippines Earthquake Death USGS
1961 B-52 Crash Results in Two Nuclear Bombs Being Dropped on North Carolina North Carolina Air Disasters Nuclear Weapons Technology and Society
1979 U.S. Performs Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada The Cold War Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1980 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Centers on California's North of Livermore Valley California Earthquake USGS
1983 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Causes only Slight Damage in Mexico Mexico Earthquake USGS
1984 Apple Unveils the Macintosh at Annual Corporate Meeting Businesses and Corporations History of Computer Technology CNN
1985 Discovery (STS-51) Launched on the First Department of Defense Space Shuttle Mission Space Shuttle U.S. Military Figures Historic Firsts NASA
1986 Voyager 2 Space Probe Passes within 51,000 Miles of Uranus Uranus Space Exploration Voyager 2
1993 Soviet Soyuz TM-16 Is Launched for Docking with MIR Space Module Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Federation of American Scientists

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