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United Nations: World Water Day
(Observed annually on this date)
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1799 Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander (Lithuanian-born Prussian Astronomer) Lithuanian Scientists & Mathematicians Space and Astronomy Technology and Society
1868 Robert Millikan (Illinois-born 1923 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Robert Millikan Physics 1923 Nobel Laureate for Physics
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1822 The S.S. Eagle Is the First Steamboat to Reach Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Steamboats Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1859 Earthquake Kills 5,000 in Quito, Ecuador, Destroys Many Landmark Buildings Quito, Ecuador Earthquakes Death History Channel
1886 Seattle Electric Company Turns on the First Incandescent Light Bulb West of the Rocky Mountains Seattle, Washington Electricity The Light Bulb Historic Firsts History Link
1904 In Oregon, Oakville Independent Telephone Completes Their Line Supporting 11 Phones Oregon Telephone
1905 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Near Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1933 The Iowa General Assembly Designates the Eastern Goldfinch as the State Bird Iowa State Symbols Eastern Goldfinch Historical Society of Iowa
1946 WAC Is First American Rocket to Leave Earth's Atmosphere (altitude 50 miles) Space Exploration Historic Firsts American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1957 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Fox Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1960 Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes Receive First Patent for a Laser Arthur Schawlow South Carolina Scientists & Mathematicans Patents & Trademarks Lasers Bell Laboratories U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
1966 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered in Northeastern China China Earthquakes USGS
1971 USSR Conducts Underground Nuclear Test in Kazakhstan Soviet Union Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1978 France Conducts Underground Nuclear Test France Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1981 Soviet Soyuz 39 Takes First Mongolian into Space Mongolia Soviet Union Russian Space Program NASA
1982 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (ST-3) to Test Shuttle Systems Manned Space Exploration NASA
1995 Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov Lands in Soyuz TM-21 Ending 438 Days in Space Soviet Union Russian Space Program NASA
1996 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis 16 (STS 76) to Link with Russia's MIR Space Station Manned Space Exploration Russian Space Program NASA
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth (197,000,000 Km) Space & Astronomy Comet Hale-Bopp NASA
2009 Alaska's Mount Redoubt Erupts 5 Times After 20-Year Lull Mount Redoubt Volcanoes National Public Radio

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