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DECEMBER 31

1864 Robert Aitken (California-born Astronomer) California Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy
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1679 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (Italian Naturalist, Mathematician, Physicist) Italian Scientists & Mathematicians Math Physics
1719 John Flamsteed (English Astronomer) John Flamsteed Astronomy
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1879 Thomas Edison Gives the First Public Demonstration of His Light Bulb for Financial Backers Thomas Edison The Light Bulb Historic Firsts Library of Congress History Channel
1901 A Volcanic Eruption at Alaska's Cook Inlet Triggers a 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Alaska Volcanoes Earthquake Tsunami USGS
1937 A Snowstorm Hits Grand Marais, Minnesota as Lake Superior Floods the Town Grand Marais, Minnesota Snow Flooding Minnesota Historical Society
In Texas, the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Is Established on More Than 47,000 Acres on Blackjack Peninsula Texas Earth and Environmental Sciences Animals Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Texas State Historical Association
1938 From Seattle, the First Airplane with a Pressurized Cabin, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, Lifts Off for Its First 40-minute Test Flight Seattle, Washington Aviation Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1974 Private U.S. Citizens Are Allowed to Buy and Own Gold for the First Time in More Than 40 Years Gold Economics Laws and Legal Resources New York Times

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