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FEBRUARY 14

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Ferris Wheel Day
(Commemorates birth date of Ferris Wheel inventor George Washington Gale Ferris: 02/14/1859)
George Washington Gale Ferris Inventors & Inventions MathNews
1819 Christopher Sholes (Pennsylvania-born Inventor of the Typewriter) Christopher Sholes Wisconsin Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions
1838 Margaret E. Knight (Maine-born Inventor of the Flat-bottomed Grocery Bag) Maine Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Foods and Nutrition Technology and Society
1859 George Washington Gale Ferris (Illinois-born Inventor of the Ferris Wheel) George Washington Gale Ferris Inventors & Inventions
1869 Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (Scottish-born 1927 Nobel Laureate in Physics) Scottish Scientists & Mathematicians Physics 1927 Nobel Laureate in Physics
1917 Herbert A. Hauptman (New York-born 1985 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) New York Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry Crystallography 1985 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1742 Edmond Halley (English Astronomer: Namesake of Halley's Comet) Edmond Halley Astronomy Comets
1943 David Hilbert (German Mathematician) David Hilbert Mathematics
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1876 Alexander Graham Bell Applies for a Patent for the Telephone Alexander Graham Bell Telephone Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks Library of Congress
1892 Snow in Florida: Pensacola 3", Tallahassee 2", Lake City 1" Florida Snow Florida Historical Society
1905 7.3 Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Andreanof Islands Alaska Earthquake USGS
1946 6.3 Earthquake Causes Damage in Washington's Puget Sound Area Washington Earthquake History Link
1961 Element 103, Lawrencium, Is Produced in Berkeley, California Berkeley, California Lawrencium Lemoyne University
1963 US Launches Communications Satellite Syncom 1, but Fails to Maintain Communications Space Exploration Technology History NASA
1976 U.S. Conducts 200 - 500 kt Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1980 US Launches Solar Maximum Mission Satellite to Study Solar Flares The Sun NASA
1990 NASA's Voyager 1 Takes First Photograph of Entire Solar System NASA The Solar System Photography Historic Firsts NASA
2000 NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Spacecraft Goes Into Orbit Around Asteroid Eros NASA Space Exploration Asteroids Official Webiste Technology and Society

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