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1743 Jean Antoine, Marquis de Condorcet (French Mathematician) Jean Antoine, Marquis de Condorcet Calculus French Revolution
1802 Mercy Jackson (Massachusetts-born Physician) Massachusetts Scientists and Mathematicians Female Scientists & Mathematicians Health Professions
1857 Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Russian-born Soviet Space and Aeronautics Pioneer) Russian Scientists and Mathematicians Soviet Scientists and Mathematicians Russian Space Program Informatics
1907 Anne Ophelia Dowden (Colorado-born Children's Botanical Author, Artist) Anne Ophelia Dowden Botany Illustrators
1922 Antonio Agostinho Neto (Physician, Poet, First President of Angola) Angolan Political and Social Leaders Medical Professions Poetry
1930 Thomas P. Stafford (Oklahoma-born Astronaut) Thomas P. Stafford Astronauts
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1891 The Opalescent Glass Factory Opens in Marion, Indiana, Taking Advantage of Natural Gas Resources Discovered in the Area Marion, Indiana Glass Methane Gas Business Indiana Historical Society
1901 Peter Cooper Hewitt Obtains US Patent for a Vapor Lamp New York City Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Light Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1902 Alaska's First Successful Oil Well Comes In Alaska Energy Historic First Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1908 In Virginia, Thomas Selfridge Is the First Airplane Fatality: Orville Wright Survives Virginia Orville Wright Aviation Death Historic First Virginia Historical Society
1911 The First Transcontinental Airplane Flight Begins from New York City amd Will End 49 Days Later in California New York City California Aviation Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1918 Elmer Sperry Receives Patent for the Gyrocompass New York Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks USPTO
1930 Two Explosions Destroy the Puget Sound and Alaska Powder Company Near Everett, Washington Everett, Washington Fire HistoryLink
The Hoover Dam Is Named by the Secretary of the Interior Nevada Hoover Dam Architecture & Design U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
1932 England's Malcolm Campbell Sets Land Speed Record: 76.27 mph British Sports Figures Auto Racing Historic Firsts History Channel
1962 Neil Armstrong Joins NASA Astronaut Program Neil Armstrong Astronauts NASA
Two Dams Are Completed in Wood County, Texas Forming Lake Hawkins and Lake Winnsboro Wood County, Texas Dams Lakes Texas State Historical Association
1973 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake and Accompanying Tsunami Displace Thousands in Hokkaido, Japan Japan Earthquake Tsunami USGS
1976 NASA Publicly Unveils Its First Space Shuttle, Enterprise Space Shuttle NASA History Channel
1983 In South Africa, 68 Mine Workers Are Killed in an Underground Methane Gas Explosion South Africa Labor Methane Death South African History

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