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1849 John Henry Comstock (Wisconsin-born Entomologist) John Henry Comstock Insects Non-fiction Titles
1955 Steve Jobs (California-born co-Founder of Apple Computers) Steve Jobs Computer Technology Apple Computers
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1810 Henry Cavendish (English Physicist) Henry Cavendish Physics
1815 Robert Fulton (Pennsylvania-born Inventor, Engineer Who Established the First Commercially Successful Steamboat Operation) Robert Fulton Steam Boats
1582 Pope Gregory XIII's Papal Bull Replaces Julian Calendar with Gregorian Calendar Pope Gregory XIII Gregorian Calendar World History Swinburne University of Technology
1864 Rebecca Lee Is the First African-American Woman to Earn a Medical Degree Virginia Scientists & Mathematicians Medicine African-American Scientists & Mathematicians Historic Firsts NIH USDA
1871 Charles Darwin's Descent of Man Is Published in London Charles Darwin Evolution Adult Non-fiction Shrewsbury Museum
1892 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered in California's Imperial Valley California Earthquakes USGS
1927 Fox Demonstrates Its Movietone Sound System for the Media `Film `Sound History of Technology Fox History Channel
1938 DuPont Begins Production of First Nylon Toothbrush Bristles Business Teeth Polymers
1949 U.S. Army V-2 Rocket Launched from White Sands, New Mexico Attains Record Altitude of 244 Miles New Mexico Space Historic Firsts NASA
1955 Deep Snow and Freezing Temperatures Paralyze Great Britain Great Britain Snow Temperature BBC
1968 Nature Publishes Announcement of First Discovery of a Pulsar Pulsars Nature
1969 NASA Launches Mariner 6 for Mars Fly-by Space Exploration Mars NASA
1978 Electric Light Company Workers Discover the Great Temple of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan México Aztecs Minnesota State University
1981 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 16 in the Athens-Corinth Area of Greece Greece Earthquakes Death USGS
1982 France Conducts Underground Nuclear Test on Muruora Atoll France Nuclear Weapons The Cold War Geoscience Austtralia
1987 Supernova 1987A in LMC, Brightest of the Twentieth Century, Is First Seen Space and Astronomy Historic Firsts University of Oregon
1997 U.S. FDA Names Six Brands of ''Morning-After'' Pills Safe and Effective Birth Control Food and Drug Administration Women Birth Control/Abortion New York Times

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