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1900 Howard Aiken (New Jersey-born Computer Pioneer) New Jersey Mathematicians & Scientists Indiana Mathematicians & Scientists Computer Technology Technology and Society
1923 Walter Kohn (Austrian-born 1998 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Austrian Mathematicians & Scientists Quantum Mechanics 1998 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1934 Yuri Gagarin (Russian Cosmonaut: The First Human in Space) Yuri Gagarin Space Exploration
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1923 Johannes Diederik van der Waals (German-born 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics) German Mathematicians & Scientists Atoms 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1969 Max Delbrück (German-born 1969 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) German Mathematicians & Scientists DNA 1969 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
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1704 Newbury, Massachusetts Places a Bounty on Wolves to Protect Livestock and Farm Animals Newbury, Massachusetts Wolves Animals Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1842 Francisco Lopez Finds California's First Gold While Digging Wild Onions in Placerita Canyon California Gold Rush Gold Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts San Clarita Valley Historical Society
1849 New York City's Common Council Votes to Begin Illuminating Washington Square with Gaslights New York City Light New York Historical Society
1889 Indiana's General Assembly Passes the Farmers' Institute Act, Creating a State Farm Extension Service Indiana Government Law Farming and Agriculture Purdue University
1922 Florida's Board of Health "Rat Proofs" Pensacola to Confine the City's Bubonic Plague Outbreak Pensacola, Florida Bubonic Plague Rats Florida Historical Society
1937 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake in Western Ohio Is the Largest in the State's Recorded History Ohio Earthquakes USGS
1957 8.6 Magnitude Earthquake is Centered on Alaska's Andreanof Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
7.1 Magnitude Earthquake is Centered on Alaska's Fox Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1961 Soviets Launch Sputnik 9 Vostok Spacecraft with a Dummy Cosmonaut and a Dog Aboard Russian Space Program Space Exploration Dog Wikipedia
1976 Michigan Law Legalizes Hot-Air Balloon Flights over the State Michigan Government Laws and Legal Resources Hot Air Balloons State of Michigan
1981 Japanese Power Plant Leaks Radioactive Waste Japan Nuclear Power History Channel
1986 NASA's Vega-2 Satellite Makes a Flyby of Halley's Comet Space Exploration Halley's Comet NASA
Divers Find the Crew Compartment with Astronaut Remains from the Challenger Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Florida Historical Society

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