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NOVEMBER 23

1616 John Wallis (English Mathematician and Founding Member of the Royal Society) English Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics
1837 Johannes Diderik van der Waals (Dutch Nuclear Scientist; 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Johannes Diderik van der Waals Atomic Theory 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1869 Valdemar Poulsen (Danish Engineer Who Invented the Magnetic Recorder) Danish Scientists & Mathematicians Radio
1919 Josiah Dwight Whitney (Massachusetts-born Geologist; Namesake of California's Mount Whitney) Massachusetts Scientists & Mathematicians Geology Mountains National Park Service
1926 Colin Macmillan Turnbull (English Anthropologist) English Scientists & Mathematicians Anthropology Authors Writer's Almanac
1935 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov (Russian-born Soviet Cosmonaut) Soviet Space Program Space Exploration
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1910 Octave Chanute (French Aviation Pioneer) French Scientists & Mathematicians The Wright Brothers
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1654 French Scientist/Mathematician Blaise Pascal Converts to Christianity Blaise Pascal Calculus Religion Concordia
1835 Henry Burden Receives First U.S. Patent for Horseshoe Manufacturing Machine Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Horses Historic Firsts Maine and Asmus
1846 Georgia's Augusta Canal System Begins Operation Georgia Canals Official Website University of Georgia
1869 William and John Murkland Receive U.S. Patent #97,106 for Carpet Power-Loom Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Business Pierce Law Center
1897 A.J. Beard Receives Patent for "Jenny Coupler", a Lifesaving Railroad Coupler Alabama Mathematicians and Scientists African-American Mathematicians and Scientists Railroad Patents & Trademarks University of Pennsylvania
African American Inventor, J.L. Love, Patents (#594,114) a Pencil Sharpener African-American Mathematicians and Scientists Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks St. Louis Public Library
1903 Colorado Governor Sends Militia to Crush Cripple Creek Gold Miners' Strike Colorado Labor Gold History Channel
1916 The First Original Boeing Airplane Is Tested on Washington's Lake Union Washington Aviation History Boeing Historic Firsts History Link
1921 Willis-Campbell Act Prohibits Doctors from Prescribing Liquor for Medicinal Purposes U.S. Congress Heal Care Illegal Drugs Law & Legal Resources University of Pittsburgh
1929 Charles Lindbergh Visits Robert Goddard Charles Lindbergh Robert Goddard Aviation Space Exploration NASA
1947 6.25 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southwest Montana Montana Earthquakes USGS
1948 F.G. Black Receives U.S. Patent #2,454,686 for the First Zoom Lens Patents & Trademarks Television Photography Inventors & Inventions Historic Firsts
1960 NASA Launches Tiros 2 Weather Satellite to Test Experimental Television Techniques Space Exploration Weather Television NASA
1964 Houston's Michael DeBakey Performs World's First Successful Coronary Bypass Surgery Texas The Heart Medical Research Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1977 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 70 in Argentina Argentina Earthquakes Death USGS
1980 A Series of Earthquakes Devastates Southern Italy: 4,800 Die Italy Earthquakes Death USGS
2002 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-113) on 11-day ISS Mission Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA

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