, known as "the father of the U.S. Weather Bureau,"
was born. 1888: German optician
, of precision optics fame, died. 1924: American computer
, inventor of the
language (FORmula TRANslation), was born. 1942: American physicist
, who is credited for inventing the first commercially
viable optical fiber, was born. 1956: The
was recommissioned as the first guided missile destroyer.
Dr. Christiaan Barnard
performed the first human heart transplant
on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart. 1973:
passed Jupiter in the first fly-by of an outer planet.
1983: Over 40 tons of highly poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaked
out of the Union Carbide pesticide factory in
, India, killing thousands of souls. 1992: British engineer
sent the world's first text message (SMS). 1999: NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) lost communications with the
Mars Polar Lander
moments before impact.
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.