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DECEMBER 14

1546 Tycho Brahe (Danish Astronomer) Tycho Brahe Space and Astronomy
1909 Edward Tatum (Colorado-born 1958 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Edward Tatum Genetics 1958 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
1922 Nikolay Basov (Russian-born 1964 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Nikolay Basov Soviet Union Lasers 1964 Nobel Laureate for Physics
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1921 Henrietta Leavitt (Massachusetts-born Astronomer) Massachusetts Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1989 Andrei D. Sakharov (Russian-born 1975 Nobel Laureate for Peace) Andrei D. Sakharov Soviet Union Physics Cold War 1975 Nobel Laureate for Peace
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1798 David Wilkinson (RI) Awarded First U.S. Patent for Nut & Bolt Machine Rhode Island Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks
1807 First Meteorite Recorded in the New World Creates 5' Crater in Connecticut Connecticut Meteors & Meteroites Historic Firsts Yale University
1837 Republic of Texas Establishes a Medical Licensing Board Republic of Texas Medicine Texas State Historical Association
1872 Estimated 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Washington's Puget Sound Area Washington Earthquake History Link
1898 The First Steam Locomotive Pulls into the Eastern Oregon Town of Moro Moro, Oregon Railroads Historic Firsts SalemOregon.com
1900 Max Planck Introduces His Hypothesis of Light As Quantized Energy Packets Max Planck Quantum Mechanics Light 1918 Nobel Laureate in Physics History Channel
1902 The S.S. Silvertown Leaves San Francisco Laying the Pacific Telegraph Cable to Connect Hawaii with the Continental United States Hawaii San Francisco Telegraph Naval History Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1940 Research Team, Headed by Glenn Seaborg, Produces the First Plutonium Glenn Seaborg Plutonium Historic Firsts Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1962 Venus Probe, Mariner II Transmits Earth's First Data From Another Planet, Venus Venus Space Exploration Historic Firsts BBC NASA
1966 NASA Launches Biosatellite 1 to Determine Effects of Space Environment on Life Processes Space Exploration NASA
1972 Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt Commemorate Their Final Moon Walk with a Plaque Space Exploration Lunar Exploration BBC Technology and Society
1978 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 76 in Iran Iran Earthquake Death USGS
1986 Voyager Aircraft Begins First Non-stop, Non-refueled Flight Around the World California Aviation History Historic Firsts NASA

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