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1786 Thomas Hancock (English Inventor; Helped Start the British Rubber Industry) English Scientists & Inventorsf Inventors & Inventions
1899 Friedrich von Hayek (Austrian-born British Economist; 1974 Nobel Laureate for Economics) Austrian Scientists & Mathematicians Economists 1974 Nobel Laureate for Economics
1902 André Michel Lwoff (French-born 1965 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) André Michel Lwoff Bacteria 1965 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1922 Mary Steele (Tennessee-born Children's Author) Tennessee Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors Science
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1794 Antoine Lavoisier (French-born "Father of Modern Chemistry": Executed by Guillotine) Antoine Lavoisier Chemistry The French Revolution Merriam-Webster
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1840 The First U.S. Patent Related to Photography Is Issued to Alexander S. Wolcott of New York New York Scientists & Inventors Inventors and Inventions Photography Patents and Trademarks Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1847 German Scientist Ferdinand von Roemer Concludes His Tour of Texas German Scientists and Mathematicians Texas Botany Texas State Historical Association
1869 Celebration of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad Is Postponed at Promontory, Utah Territory Due to a Track Washout and Labor Dispute Utah Transcontinental Railroad Westward Expansion Labor Learn California
1877 1,201 Dogs Compete in the First Westminster Dog Show at Gilmore's Garden in New York City New York City Dogs Historic Firsts Westminster Kennel Club Thinkquest New York City
1902 Martinique's Mount Pelee Erupts, Killing 29,000 and Destroying the City of St. Pierre Martinique Volcanoes Death University of North Dakota
1917 Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal Is Completed Seattle, Washington Naval History Rivers and Canals History Link
1933 Eastchester, New York Installs First Police Car Radio System New York Radio Law Enforcement Automobiles Historic Firsts Court TV
1944 First Eye-Bank Created in New York City New York City Sight Blindness Organ Transplants Historic Firsts New York Times
1950 14 Inches of Rain Causes Flash Flooding That Kills 23 People in Nebraska Nebraska Flooding Death History Channel
1962 The Upper Stage of NASA's First Centaur Rocket Explodes 54 Seconds After Liftoff Space Exploration NASA
1974 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 30 People, Injures 82, and Destroys 121 Homes in Japan Japan Earthquakes Death USGS
1989 NASA Space Shuttle STS-30 Lands Space Shuttle NASA

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