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1790 John Bachman (New York-born Clergyman, Naturalist, Author) New York Religious Leaders and Theologians Earth & Environmental Science
1841 Clement Ader (French Engineer, Pioneer of Flight) French Scientists and Inventors Inventors & Inventions Aviation
1875 Ludwig Prandtl (German Physicist, "Father of Aerodynamics") German Scientists and Inventors Physics Aviation
1877 Greenleaf Whittier Pickard (Maine-born Radio Communications Pioneer Who Invented the Crystal Detector) Maine Scientists and Inventors Inventors & Inventions Radio
1893 Raymond Dart (Australian-born South African Physical Anthropologist) Australian Scientists and Mathematicians South Africa Scientists and Mathematicians Antrolopology/Archaeology South African History
1906 Clyde Tombaugh (Illinois-born Astronomer Who Discovered Pluto) Illinois Scientists and Mathematicians Astronomy Pluto
1943 Kenneth Thompson (New Orleans-born Computer Scientist Who co-Developed UNIX) New Orleans Scientists & Mathematicans Inventors and Inventions History of Computer Technology
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1928 Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (Dutch Mathematician) Hendrik Antoon Lorentz Calculus Physics
1783 The First of Six Earthquakes Occurs Near Calabria, Italy That Will Be Responsible for 50,000 Deaths Over a 2-month Period Italy Earthquakes Death USGS
1797 Thousands Die as an Earthquake Levels the Ecuadorian Town of Riobamba Ecuador Earthquakes Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date Catholic Encyclopedia
1890 In Oregon, the Willamette River Floods Portland's Front and First Streets Portland, Oregon Flooding
1905 A Tornado Hits Hoix, Arkansas Hoxie, Arkansas Tornado Arkansas History Commission
1926 In Wales, England's Malcolm Campbell Sets a New World Land Speed Record of 174 mph Wales English Sports Figures Transportation Historic UK
1931 Malcolm Campbell Sets a Ground Speed Record of 245 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona Beach, Florida English Sports Figures Transportation Florida Historical Society
1941 Roy Plunkett, a Chemist for Du Pont, Is Granted a Patent for Tetrafluoro-Ethylene Polymers" (TEFLON) Ohio Scientists & Mathematicians Polymers Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks DuPont National Inventors Hall of Fame USPTO
1961 USSR Launches Sputnik IV with a 7.1-ton Payload Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA
1962 All Five Naked-Eye Planets, the Sun and Moon Align within a Circle 17 in Diameter The Solar System Space and Astronomy NASA
1965 U.S. Conducts Underground Nuclear Test (Code Name Cashmere) in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
8.7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Alaska's Rat Island Generates a Tsunami with 30-35' Waves Alaska Earthquakes Tsunami USGS
1970 U.S. Conducts 20-200 kt Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1972 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Panic Along Italy's Adriatic Coast, Causing Thousands to Flee to the Countryside Italy Earthquakes USGS
1975 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Causes 10,000 Deaths in China's Yingkou-Haicheng Area China Earthquakes Death USGS
1976 A Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras Guatemala Honduras Earthquakes Death History Channel USGS
1987 Congress Overrides President Reagan's Veto of Clean Water Act U.S. Congress President Ronald Reagan Water Earth and Environmental Sciences Television News Archive
1995 ODERACS-2A Is 1 of 6 Spheres Deployed from Space Shuttle STS-63 for the Calibration of Radars and Telescopes Tracking Orbital Debris Space Shuttle Telescopes NASA
1997 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 88 People and Injures 2,000, While Destroying 5,500 Houses in in the Bojnurd-Shirvan Area in Northeast Iran Iran Earthquakes Death USGS
1998 A Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Kills 5,000 People in Northeastern Afghanistan Afgahnistan Earthquakes Death BBC USGS

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