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1660 Hans Sloane (Irish Naturalist, Founder of the British Museum) Hans Sloane Museums
1867 Wilbur Wright (Indiana-born Aviation Pioneer with His Brother Orville) Wilbur Wright Aviation History
1897 Frederick William Winterbotham (English Code Breaker) English Mathematicians & Scientists Problem Solving Puzzles WWII History Channel
1921 Marie Maynard Daly (New York City-born Biochemist: First African-American Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry) New York City Scientists & Mathematicians Biochemistry American Women in Science and Math African-American Scientists & Mathematicians African American Registry
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1958 Rosalind Franklin (English Chemist Who Worked with Watson and Crick on Discovery of the Structure of DNA) Rosalind Franklin Chemistry DNA
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1705 England's Queen Anne Knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College Isaac Newton Physics Calculus Queen Anne Ancestory.com
1899 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Some Damage to a Eureka, California Lumber Mill Eureka, California Earthquakes USGS
1912 American Harriet Quimby Is the First Woman to Fly Across English Channel Aviation Women Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1940 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Near Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1943 In Basel, Switzerland, Chemist Albert Hoffman Accidentally Discovers the Hallucinogenic Effects of LSD Swiss Scientists & Mathematicians Drug Abuse History Channel
1946 U.S. Military Launches the First V2 Rocket at the White Sands, New Mexico Missile Range New Mexico Space Exploration Historic Firsts White Sands Missle Range
1947 An Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer Explosion Aboard the French Freighter Grandcamp Destroys Much of Texas City, TX, Killing 581 Texas City, TX Fire Naval History Chemistry Farming & Agriculture Death New York Times Texas State Histrical Association
1972 Apollo 16 Is Launched for 5th Manned Lunar Landing Space Exploration The Moon NASA History Channel
Two Giant Pandas from China Arrive at the National Zoological Park China U.S. Pandas Animals Planet
1979 Scientist Edward O. Wilson Is Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction for His Book On Human Nature Alabama Scientists & Mathematicians Science American Authors Pulitzer Prize Alabama State Archives
2004 A Set of Shell Beads Estimated to be 75 000 Years Old Are Found in a South African Cave Overlooking the Indian Ocean South Africa Archaeology South African History

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