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1806 Isambard Kingdom Brunel (English Civil Engineer) English Scientists & Mathematicians Railroads Bridges Greenwich Guide Council for the Study of Technology and Society
1864 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti (English Pioneer Alternating Electrical Current) English Scientists & Mathematicians Electricity Council for the Study of Technology and Society
1865 Charles Proteus Steinmetz (Polish-American Mathematician, Engineer Who Pioneered the Widespread Use of Electricity) Polish Scientists & Mathematicians Electricity
1903 Gregory Pincus (New Jersey-born Pioneer in Birth Control) New Jersey Scientists & Mathematicians Abortion, Birth Control New York Times
1919 J. Presper Eckert (Pennsylvania-born Computer Pioneer) J. Presper Eckert Inventors & Inventions Computer Technology
1932 Jim Fowler (Georgia-born Naturalist: Host of "Wild Kingdom") Georgia Scientists & Mathematicians Animals Television Wild Kingdom University of Georgia
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1896 Jake Shinn Uncovers a 22-pound Gold Nugget in North Carolina North Carolina Gold University of North Carolina
1901 Oil Is Struck on a Farm Near Troutdale, Oregon Troutdale, Oregon Economics SalemOregon.com
1947 Tornadoes Strike West Texas & Oklahoma: 169 Die Texas Oklahoma Tornados Death History Channel
1952 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Is Largest in Oklahoma's Recorded History, Causing 15m Crack in the State Capitol Building Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Earthquakes USGS
1959 NASA Introduces Its First Seven Astronauts to the Public The Mercury Seven Historic Firsts NASA History Channel
1967 Boeing's First 737 Short-Range Passenger Jet Makes Its Maiden Flight Aviation Historic First Boeing History Link
1974 A Patent Is Granted for a Disposable Syringe Patents and Trademarks Medical Research USPTO
1975 NASA Launches GEOS 3 Tracking Satellite Spaces Exploration NASA
1976 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 8 and Injures 46 in Ecuador's Esmeraldas Area Ecuador Earthquakes Death USGS
1980 Soviet Soyuz 35 Carries 2 Cosmonauts to Salyut 6 Soviet Space Program Space Exploration NASA
1983 6th Space Shuttle Mission (Challenger's Maiden Voyage) Is Completed Space Shuttle NASA
1985 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Injuries and Damages Along the Near Coast of Central Chile Chile Earthquakes USGS
1994 Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-59) Is Launched on 13-Day Mission Space Shuttle NASA
1997 Doug Engelbart Awarded $500K Lemelson-MIT Prize for the Invention of the Computer Mouse Doug Engelbart Inventors & Inventions Computer Mouse Lemelson-MIT Prize

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