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JANUARY 26

1911 Polykarp Kusch (Germany-born 1955 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Germany Scientists & Mathematicians Sub-atomic Particles 1955 Nobel Laureate for Physics
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1823 Edward Jenner (English Physician Who Discovered a Vaccine for Small Pox) Edward Jenner Smallpox
1938 Matilde Montoya (Mexico's First Female Doctor) Mexico Medicine Women
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1531 Earthquake Kills 30,000 in Portugal Portugal Earthquake Death USGS
1700 Magnitude 9 Earthquake Along U.S. Pacific Northwest Coast Triggers Tsunami in Japan Japan Earthquake Tsunami USGS USGS
1838 Tennessee Passes Nation's First Prohibition Law Tennessee Illicit Drugs Law & Legal Resources 18th Amendment Historic Firsts History Channel
1875 George F. Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Patents the Electric Dental Drill Michigan Inventors Medicine Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts Merriam-Webster Online
1905 World's Largest Gem-quality Diamond (1.3 lbs) Discovered in South African Mine South Africa Diamonds South African History History Channel
1932 Ernest Lawrence Submits a Patent Application for the Cyclotron Physics Sub-atomic Particles Patent #1,948,384
1939 Niels Bohr Announces the Discovery of Fission at an Annual Conference of Theoretical Physicists Niels Bohr Fission Physics Fedration of American Scientists (pdf)
1949 First Guided Missile Is Launched from a Ship, U.S.S. Norton Sound Naval History War Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts NASA
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company Announces the Invention of a Machine for the Mass Recording of Tapes Minnesota Business History of Technology 3M Minnesota Historical Society
1956 University of Michigan Hosts Symposium on "The Scientific Uses of Earth Satellites" Michigan Space Exploration University of Michigan NASA
1962 U.S. Launches Ranger 3 in Failed Effort to Land Scientific Instruments on Moon Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1965 Noah W. and Joseph S. McVicker of Cincinnati, Ohio Receives Patent #3,167,440 for Play-Doh® Ohio Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks Play-Doh USPTO
1967 NASA Launches ESSA-4 to Provide Worldwide Cloud-Cover Photography Space Exploration Earth Science NASA
1971 NASA Launches Intelsat 4 Commercial Communications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technology NASA
1978 NASA Launches the International Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite Space Exploration Earth Science Light NASA
1985 Magnitude 6 Earthquake Kills 6 in Argentina Argentina Earthquake Death USGS
1987 Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake Kills 1 in Algeria Algeria Earthquake Death USGS
1993 Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Destroys 6,972 Houses in China's Yunnan Province China Earthquake Housing USGS
2001 Earthquake Kills 20,005 on Indian Subcontinent India Earthquake Death USGS

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