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FEBRUARY 6

1802 Charles Wheatstone (English Pioneer in Electricity; Namesake of the Wheatstone Bridge) English Scientists & Inventors Electricity Inventors & Inventions Physics
1892 William Parry Murphy (Wisconsin-born 1934 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Wisconsin Scientists & Inventors Anemia 1934 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine Aetna Wisconsin Historical Society
1913 Mary (Douglas Nicol) Leakey (English Anthropologist) Mary Leakey Anthroplogy/Archaeology
1923 Jerome Wexler (New York City-born Photographer, Children's Science Writer) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Photography Science
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1515 Aldus Manutius (Italian Publishing Innovator; Namesake of Aldus PageMaker) Italy Literature Technology and Society
1804 Joseph Priestley (English Chemist Who Discovered Oxygen) Joseph Priestley Chemistry Oxygen
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1780 Earthquake Shakes Northwest Florida Florida Earthquakes USGS
1916 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered South of Alaska's Rat Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1951 U.S. Conducts a 22kT Atmospheric Nuclear Test at Nevada Site Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1958 Jack Kilby Files for a Patent of the Integrated Circuit Jack Kilby Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks History of Technology Computer History Museum
1959 First Successful Test Launch of U.S. Titan ICBM Missile: Cape Canaveral, Florida Florida Space Cold War Historic Firsts New York Times
1964 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Chirikof Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1971 Astronaut Alan Shepard Hits Three Golf Balls on the Moon Alan Shepard Astronauts Lunar Exploration Golf Technology and Society BBC
4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Leaves 20 Dead Near Tuscania, Italy Italy Earthquakes Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date USGS
1975 U.S. Conducts Underground Nuclear Test at Nevada Site Nevada Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
NASA Launches SMS-2 Weather Satellite for Western U.S. Coverage Space Exploration Weather NASA
1988 USSR Conducts Underground Nuclear Test in Eastern Kazakhstan Soviet Union Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
1996 Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson Closes All State Schools Due to Extreme Cold Temperatures and Wind Chills Minnesota Government Education Temperature Wind State of Minnesota

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