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1744: Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, after whom the temperature scale is named, died. 1792: The guillotine was first used in France to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier. 1840: Siméon-Denis Poisson, mathematician and experimenter in electromagnetic theory, died. 1849: Felix Klein, mathematician and creator of the single-surfaced Klein bottle, was born. 1859: Ground was broken for the Suez Canal. 1874: Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy. 1900: Austrian-Swiss Nobel physicist Wolfgang Pauli, of Exclusion Principal fame, was born. 1901: New York became the first state to require automobile license plates - the fee was $1. 1927: Dudley Allen Buck, inventor of the cryotron switch and ferroelectric RAM, was born. 1928: Floyd Bennett, who piloted the airplane that flew Admiral Byrd, died. 1953: Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick suggested the double helix structure of DNA. 1961: Robert Noyce was granted a patent for the integrated circuit. 1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed.

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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in this article, there is a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do not validate with authoritative sources. On RF Cafe, events with hyperlinks have been verified.
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