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1629 Christiaan Huygens (Dutch Mathematician, Astronomer and Physicist) Christiaan Huygens Astronomy Mars Saturn
1827 Augustus Pitt-Rivers (British Archaeologist, "The Father of British Archaeology") British Scientists and Mathematicians Archaeology
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1964 Rachel Carson (Pennsylvania-born Environmentalist, Author of Silent Spring) Rachel Carson Environmentalist Aemrican Author
1805 Pine City, Minnesota Records a High Temperature of 108F Pine City, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota Historical Society
1813 Religious Society of Friends Founds the First Private Psychiatric Hospital Near Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvanaia Mental Health Psychology Historic Firsts Intellihealth
1870 In Minnesota, the St. Paul Academy of Natural Sciences Is Formed St. Paul, Minnesota Science Minnesota Historical Society
1886 A Tornado Kills 79 People in the Minnesota Counties of Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Devastating the City of Sauk Rapids Sauk Rapids, Minnesota Tornado Death Minnesota Historical Society
1935 Worst Dust Storm of the Great Depression Sweeps Across the U.S. Plains States on "Black Sunday" Wind Black Sunday History Channel PBS Writer's Almanac
1955 103 German-born Rocket Scientists and Technicians Become American Citizens in Huntsville, Alabama German Scientists & Mathematicians Hunstville, Alabama Space Exploration NASA Alabama Archives
1956 Ampex Corp. Demonstrates the First Commercial Videotape Recorder Television History of Technology Historic Firsts New York Times
1981 First Space Shuttle Flight, Columbia (STS-1), Ends with Landing in the California Desert California The Space Shuttle Historic Firsts U.S. Army NASA
1995 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes West Texas Texas Earthquake USGS

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