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1677 Jacques Cassini (French Astronomer) Jacques Cassini Astronomy Saturn
1745 Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (Italian Physicist; Pioneer in the Science of Electricity) Alessandro Volta Physics electricity
1838 Ernst Mach (Austrian Physicist, Philosopher of Science) Austrian Scientists & Mathematicians Physics Philosophy
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1967 J. Robert Oppenheimer (New York City-born Nuclear Physicist) J. Robert Oppenheimer Physics World War II Nuclear Weapons
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1911 In Tajikistan, a 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Causes a Landslide That Dams the Bartang River, Creating Sarez Lake, Flooding Villages and Killing 90 People Tajikistan Earthquake Flooding Death USGS
1930 Photographic Evidence of Pluto Is Discovered by New Mexico State University Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh Illinios Scientists & Mathematicians New Mexico Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy Photography Pluto New Mexico State University History Channel New Mexico Magazine
1953 The Red Pine (Pinus Resinosa) Is Established as the Minnesota State Tree Minnesota Trees Law and Legal Resources Minnesota Historical Society
1965 In Canada, 26 British Columbia Copper Miners Are Killed in an Avalanche Canada Labor Copper Snow Death History Channel
1974 Italian Atmospheric Satellite San Marco Scout D Is Launched Italy Space Exploration Weather & Meteorology Astronautix
1977 Space Shuttle Enterprise Makes Its First "Captive" Test Flight Atop a Boeing 747 The Space Shuttle Historic Firsts NASA New York Times
1979 Wilmington, Delaware Receives 16.5" of Snow in 24 Hours Wilmington, Delaware Snow State of Delaware

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