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Japan: Hana Matsuri Flower Festival
(Celebration of the birth of Buddha)
Hana Matsuri Buddhsim Botany
1732 David Rittenhouse (Pennsylvania-born Astronomer and Inventor) Pennsylvania Scientists & Mathematicians) Astronomy Inventors and Inventions
1783 John Loudon (Scottish Landscape Architect and Horticultural Journalist) Scottish Artists and Desiginers Botany BBC
1850 William Welch (Connecticut-born Pathologist, Bacteriologist) Connecticut Scientists & Mathematicians) Medical Reasearch Disease
1869 Harvey Cushing (Ohio-born Surgeon; Pioneer in Neurosurgery Techniques) Ohio Scientists & Mathematicians) Medical Reasearch
1904 John Hicks (English-born 1972 Nobel Laureate for Economist) British Scientists and Mathematicians Economists 1972 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1911 Melvin Calvin (Minnesota-born Biochemist; 1961 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Melvin Calvin Photosynthesis 1961 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1838 The English Steamship Great Western Leaves Bristol on Her Maiden Voyage Across the Atlantic to Boston Bristol, England Boston, Massachusetts Steamboats Historic UK
1897 The Red River Crests in Moorhead, Minnesota and the Floodwaters Drive 300 People from Their Homes Moorhead, Minnesota Rivers Flooding Minnesota Historical Society
1931 The American Robin Is Chosen as Michigan's State Bird Michigan The Robin State of Michigan
1944 The Alaska Juneau Gold Mine, Alaska's Largest, Closes Down at Midnight Juneau, Alaska Gold Alaska Historical Society
1964 U.S. Launches an Unmanned Gemini Capsule Aboard a Titan-II Rocket to Test Structural Integrity and Launch Vehicle-Spacecraft Compatibility Space Exploration NASA
1966 NASA Launches OAO 1 Solar Cell-Powered Satellite to Make Precision Astronomical Observations Space Exploration NASA
1993 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-56) with the ATLAS-2 Earth Science Laboratory Aboard Space Shuttle Earth Science NASA
1999 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Parts of Russia, China and Japan Russia China Japan Earthquake USGS
2002 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-110) with a 43' Truss for the International Space Station. Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA

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