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1632 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (Dutch Microbiologist: Discovered Bacteria, Sperm Cells and Blood Cells) Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Microscopy
1908 J. Tuzo Wilson (Canadian Geophysicist) Canadian Scientists and Mathematicians Earth Science Earthquakes USGS
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1601 Tycho Brahe (Danish Astronomer) Tycho Brahe The Solar System
1836 Alonzo D. Phillips Patents Phosphorous Friction Safety Match Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks USPTO
1858 The First Steamship on the Upper Columbia River, the Colonel Wright, Is Launched at the Mouth of the Deschutes River Oregon Washington Columbia River Steamboats Historic Firsts
1861 First Transcontinental Telegram Is Sent to President Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Telegraph Historic Firsts Library of Congress History Channel
1871 The Railroad Reaches Breckenridge in Minnesota's Red River Valley Breckenridge, Minnesota Railroad Minnesota Historical Society
1927 7.1. Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Chichagof Island, Alaska Alaska Earthquake USGS
1939 Nylon Stockings First Sold in Wilmington, Delaware Delaware Polymers & Plastics Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1980 7.0. Magnitude Earthquake Kills 300, Leaves 150,000 Homeless in Central Mexico Mexico Earthquake Death USGS
2003 The Concorde Flies for the Last Time Aircraft BBC

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