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FEBRUARY 5

1744 John Jeffries (Massachusetts-born Physician/Meteorologist: First American to Fly When He Went Aloft in a Balloon in London, England) Meterology
1840 Hiram Maxim (Maine-born English Inventor of the Machine Gun) English Scientists & Mathematcians Maine Scientists & Mathematcians Inventors and Invention War Spartacus Technology and Society
John Dunlop (Scottish Inventor of the Inflatable Tire) Scottish Scientists & Mathematcians Inventors and Invention Automotives Dunlop Technology and Society
1915 Robert Hofstadter (New York City-born 1961 Nobel Laureate for Physics) New York City Scientists & Mathematcians Physics 1961 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1924 Patricia Lauber (New York City-born Children's Science Author) New York City Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Author Young-Adult Author Science
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1955 Martin Lalor Crimmins (New York City-born Herpetologist, Pioneer in Treatment of Poisonous Snakebites) New York City Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research Snakes Texas State Historical Association
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1663 First Recorded Destructive Earthquake in North America Is Centered Between Present Sites of Montreal and Quebec Canada Earthquakes Historic Firsts USGS
1783 Earthquake Kills 50,000 in Calabria Earthquakes Italy Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date University of Vienna
1817 The First Gas Company in United States Forms in Maryland Maryland Businesses & Corporations Energy
1850 Patent Is Issued for First Calculator with Depressible Keys Patents & Trademarks Inventions History of Technology Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1870 In Philadelphia, Henry Heyl Demonstrates a Device for Rapidly Projecting Still Images Giving the Illusion of Motion Pennsylvania Film Historic Firsts Australian Centre for the Moving Image
1921 The Cleveland Clinic Is Founded Cleveland, Ohio Health Care Cleveland Clinic Ohio Historical Society
1924 BBC "Pips" First Used to Signal the Hour Great Britain Radio Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
In Northern Minnesota, 51 Iron-Ore Miners Die When a Nearby Lake Empties into Their Mine Minnesota Labor Iron Flooding Death Minnesota
1966 6.25 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Extensive Property Damage, Kills One in Greece Greece Earthquakes Death USGS
1970 U.S. Conducts 25 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Widespread Damage and Three Deaths in the Philippines Philippines Earthquakes Death USGS
1971 Apollo 14 Lands on the Moon, Shepard & Mitchell Walk on Moon Alan Shepard NASA Lunar Exploration Smithsonian Institution
1996 Tomato Puree Is First Genetically Modified Food to Go on Sale in British Supermarkets Great Britain Genetically Modified Food Genetics Historic Firsts BBC
2008 Tornadoes Kill 27 People in 4 States Arkansas Kentucky Mississippi Tennessee Tornadoes Death CNN

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