Nova, a supernova was observed in the constellation Cassiopeia.
1638: Scottish astronomer
James Gregory, who invented the reflector telescope, was born.
Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone (no kidding), was born.
1854: American conductor
John Philip Sousa was born. 1857:
William Noyes, who was the first chemist hired by the U.S. Bureau
of Standards, was born. 1928: The New York Times mounted the first
moving electric sign in the U.S., the
Motogram, around the top of the
Times Building in Times Square, NYC. 1936:
RCA displayed its television for the press. 1962:
Saudi Arabia abolished slavery - that's right, 1962! 1984: The
New York Stock Exchange was open for the first time on a presidential
election day. 2006: A joint MIT-Cambridge presentation of the breakthrough
Aircraft" technology was made.