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1571 Johannes Kepler (German Father of Modern Astronomy) Johannes Kepler Space and Astronomy
1822 Louis Pasteur (French Scientist Who Proved Disease Is Caused by Germs) Louis Pasteur Biology Medical Research Reading Online
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1985 Dian Fossey (San Francisco-born Naturalist Murdered in Rwanda) Rwanda Dian Fossey Gorillas
1831 Charles Darwin Sets Sail from England on the HMS Beagle for the Galapagos Islands, the Inspiration for His Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin Naval History Evolution Writer's Almanac Historic UK History Channel
1845 In Jefferson, Georgia, Dr. Crawford Long Is the First to Use Anesthesia During Childbirth Jefferson, Georgia Medical Research Women Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1913 The Leschi Is the First Auto Ferry to Operating on Lake Washington Washington Steamboats Automotives Historic Firsts History Link
1960 France Explodes Its Third Atomic Bomb in Africa's Sahara Desert Africa France Atomic Weapons Cold War BBC
1968 Apollo 8 Returns to Earth Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA History Channel Florida Historical Society
1975 A Coal Mine Explosion Followed by a Flood Kills At Least 372 Workers in Dhanbad, India India Labor Flooding Death History Channel Asian History
1989 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Near the Southeast Coast of Australia Kills 13, Injures 100, Creates $1.1B Damage Australia Earthquakes Death USGS

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