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1750 Caroline Herschel (German Astronomer) Caroline Herschel Space & Astronomy
1787 Georg Ohm (German Physicist: Namesake of the Electrical Unit "Ohm") Georg Ohm Electricity
1846 Rebecca Cole (Pennsylvania-born Physician: Second Female African-American Physician) Rebecca Cole Medicine Noted African Americans
1874 Francois-Emile b. Matthes (Dutch-American Geologist, Surveyor) Dutch Scientists & Mathematicians Geology Maps
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2000 Thomas Wilson Ferebee (North Carolina-born Pilot of the Enola Gay That Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima) North Carolina Military Figures World War II Aviation History Atomic Bomb
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1912 Milling Operations in Deward, Michigan Shuts Down for Lack of Timber Michigan Business Trees Business Earth and Environmental Science Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1922 Atlanta Journal Begins Operation of WSB, the First Commercial Radio Station in the South Georgia Media Radio Historic Firsts WSB Radio University of Georgia
1925 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 5,000 in Yunnan, China China Earthquake Death USGS
1926 Robert Goddard Launches First Liquid-fuel Rocket (184 feet in 2.5 seconds) Robert Goddard Space Exploration Historic Firsts History Channel Technology and Society NASA
1933 President Franklin Roosevelt Deletes Gold from Coinage, Making It Illegal to Hold Gold in the U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt Law and Legal Resources Gold Currency U.S. Treasury
1956 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 136 in Lebanon, Destroys 6,000 Homes Lebanon Earthquake Death USGS
1957 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Andreanof Islands Lebanon Earthquake USGS
1966 Cesar Chavez Leads March from Delano to Sacramento, CA to Gain Support for Farm Workers' Strike California Cesar Chavez Farming and Agriculture Labor Unions Human Rights UCLA
1968 NASA Launches Gemini VIII Spacecraft to Dock with Gemini Agena Target Vehicle Space Exploration NASA
1976 Heavy Rains Cause Severe Flooding in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Flooding University of Georgia
1978 The Amoco Cadiz Supertanker Wrecks Off the French Coast Spilling 68M Gallons of Oil France Naval History Earth and Environmental Sciences Ocean Pollution History Channel
1982 President Reagan Rejects Missile Freeze Offer from Soviet President Brezhnev Soviet Union President Ronald Reagan Nuclear Weapons TV News Archive
1985 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Creates Minor Damage Among Caribbean Islands Central/Latin America Earthquake USGS
1995 Astronaut Norman Thagard First American to Visit Russian Space Station Mir Russian Space Program Space Exploration Historic Firsts New York Times
1999 U.S. Department of Interior Lists Nine Salmon Runs as Endangered Species U.S. Government Endangered Animals History Link

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