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OCTOBER 29

1920 Baruj Benacerraf (Venezuelan Geneticist; 1980 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Baruj Benacerraf Autoimmune Diseases Genetic Diseases Latin-American Studies 1980 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1939 Carl Djerassi (Austrian-American Organic Chemist) Austrian Scientists & Mathematicians Organic Chemistry Biography.com
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1814 The Fulton (aka Demologos), the First Steam-Powered Warship, Is Launched in New York City New York City Steamships Naval Military History War of 1812 Historic Firsts U.S. Navy
1947 B-17 Bombers Release 1,000 Pounds of Dry Ice Pellets to Seed Clouds in an Effort to Dampen Forest Fires in New Hampshire and Maine New Hampshire Maine Forest Fires Fire Aviation History Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1963 An Atlas Missile Launched From Cape Canaveral, Florida Goes Out of Control Crashing into the Atlantic Ocean Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Florida Historical Society
1964 The Star of India and Other Gems Stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City New York City Museums Museums of Natural History Gems Crime American Museum of Natural History New York Times
1969 In California, the First message Is Transmitted Across What Will Be the Internet California Internet History UCLA Stanford University National Public Radio Historic Firsts
1971 University of Pennsylvania Researchers Report the Successful Use of Electrical Stimulation to Aid the Healing of Broken Bones Pennsylvania Medical Research Electricity University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1976 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Papua, Indonesia Kills 133 People Indonesia Earthquake Death USGS
1989 Two Earthquakes, 12 Minutes Apart (5.9 & 5.2 Magnitude), Kill 30 and Injure 245 in Algeria Algeria Earthquake Death USGS
1998 Space Shuttle Discovery Launches with 77-year-old John Glenn Aboard The Space Shuttle John Glenn History Channel NASA
1999 A Super-Cyclone Creates High Winds and Tidal Surge That Kill 10,000 People, Leaving 1.5 Million Homeless in East India India Hurricane/Cyclone Tsunami Death BBC

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