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1811 Elizabeth Blackwell (English Physician; the First Woman to Obtain a Medical Degree in the United States) Elizabeth Blackwell Medicine Education Women
1867 Charles Turner (Ohio-born Entomologist) Ohio Scientists and Mathematicians Insects African-American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1468 Johannes Gutenberg (German-born Inventor of the Printing Press) Johannes Gutenberg Inventors and Invention Books
1600 Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler Meet for First Time Near Prague Johannes Kepler Tycho Brahe Astronomy The Solar System Univerzita Karlova v Praze
1789 The Medical Society of Delaware Is Incorporated Delaware Health Care Medical Society of Delaware State of Delaware
1879 Joseph Swan Demonstrates the First Electric Light at the Newcastle Chemical Society Joseph Swan Light Bulb Historic Firsts The British Library
1893 Three-foot Snow and Sub-zero Temperatures Paralyze Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Snow Temperature History Link
1923 8.5 Earthquake Is Centered on Russia's Volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula Russia Earthquake USGS
1926 First Broadcast of WCOA Radio (Pensacola, Florida) Is Piped Outside to an Assembled Crowd Pensacola, Florida Radio Historic Firsts Official Website Florida Historical Society
1950 Physicist Klaus Fuchs Arrested for Passing Atomic Bomb Secrets to Soviets Soviet Union Nuclear Weapons Cold War History Channel
1951 "White Rain" Falls in North & Central Florida with Crescent City and St. Augustine Receiving 2" Florida Snow Florida Historical Society
1953 French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau Publishes The Silent World French Austhors & Illustrators Earth and Environmental Science Oceans The Silent World The History Channel
1959 Construction Begins on the Howard A. Hanson Dam above Washington's White River Valley Washington Rivers Dams History Link
1965 NASA Launches OSO 2 Satellite to Conduct Solar Physics Experiments Above the Atmosphere Space Exploration The Sun Physics NASA
1966 Soviet Unmanned Luna IX Make First Controlled Lunar Landing Soviet Space Program Lunar Exploration Zarya The History Channel BBC
NASA Launches ESSA 1 Satellite to Provide Meteorological Cloud-cover Photography Space Exploration Clouds Meteorology Photography NASA
1970 NASA Launches SERT II Developmental Spacecraft into a 1000-km-high Polar Orbit Space Exploration NASA
1984 NASA Launches Challenger (STS-41-B): Mission Includes First Untethered Space Walks Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA
California Woman Gives Birth to the First Child by Embryo Transfer California Medical Research Child Advocacy Historic Firsts Aetna
1986 President Reagan Appoints a Commission to Investigate the Challenger Disaster President Ronald Reagan Challenger Disaster Technology and Society
1994 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-60) with First Russian Cosmonaut Aboard Russian Space Program Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA
1995 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-63) with First Female Pilot Space Shuttle Women Historic Firsts NASA
1996 6.6 Kills 322 in Yunnan, China China Earthquake Death USGS

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