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FEBRUARY 8

1677 Jacques Cassini (French Astronomer) Jacques Cassini Space and Astronomy
1700 Daniel Bernoulli (Swiss Mathematician) Swiss Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics
1777 Bernard Courtois (French Chemist Who Discovered Iodine) French Scientists and Mathematicians Chemistry Iodine Sequim Science
1834 Dmitri Mendeleev (Russian "Father" of the Modern Periodic Table of Chemical Elements) Dmitri Mendeleev Chemistry Periodic Table
1906 Chester Carlson (Washington-born Inventor of the photocopy Process) Washington Scienctists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions History of Technology
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1957 John von Neumann (Hungarian-American Mathematician) John von Neumann Calculus Quantum Mechanice
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1750 Minor Earthquake Shakes London London Earthquakes BBC
1909 U.S. Congress Passes First U.S. Law Prohibiting Manufacture and Sale of Opium U.S. Congress Drugs and Substance Abuse Laws and Legal Resources Intellihealth
1916 Charles Kettering Receives Patent for a Self-starting Automobile Engine Charles Kettering Patents and Trademarks Automobiles Inventors and Inventions USPTO
1933 The First Modern Passenger Plane, the All-Metal Boeing 247, Takes Off from Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts History Link
Warroad, Minnesota Records a Temperature of -55° F Warroad, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota Historical Society
1962 NASA Launches TIROS-4 Television Infrared Observation Meteorological Satellite Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1964 The Iraqi National Oil Company Is Incorporated in Baghdad Iraq Businesses Economics History Channel
1969 Large Meteorite Explodes in the Sky Southwest of Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, México Mexico Meteors & Meteorites Canadian Space Agency
1974 Final Three-man Skylab Crew Returns to Earth After 84 days Skylab NASA BBC
1984 Soviet Soyuz T-10 Is Launched with Crew of Three Aboard Russian Space Program Space Exploration
1988 NASA Launches Military Surveillance Satellite Space Exploration Cold War NASA
1992 Ulysses Makes Its Closest Encounter with Jupiter Space Exploration Jupiter NASA
1995 6.4 Earthquake Strikes Trujillo, Colombia: 42 Die Colombia Earthquake Death USGS
Bernard Harris Is First African American to Walk in Space Bernard Harris Space Shuttle African-American Explorers and Astronauts Historic Firsts NASA
1996 President Clinton Signs Telecommunications Act Into Law President Bill Clinton Law and Legal Resources Technology History New York Times
2001 Mars Meteorite (Sayh al Uhaymir 094) Is Found In Oman Oman Mars Meteorites Geology NASA

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