Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Today in History: February 12

  • 1809 Charles Darwin born; coined "Natural Selection", "Survival of the Fittest"; wrote On the Origin of Species, and The Descent of Man.
  • 1809 Abraham Lincoln born; saved the Union, freed the slaves.
  • 1873 American paleontologist Barnum Brown born; discovered the first Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, in 1902.
  • 1918 American physicist Julian Schwinger born; 1965 Nobel (with Richard Feynman and Shin-Itiro Tomonaga) for Quantum Electro-Dynamics (QED).
  • 1924 George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue premieres, with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra in New York City.
  • 1941 German-American biochemist Ernst Chain and Australian pharmacologist Howard Florey perform first human penicillin test; they shared the 1945 Nobel.
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