Saturday, February 16, 2008

Today in History: February 16

  • 1771 Charles Messier presents his original list of 45 astronomical objects to French Academy.
  • 1937 DuPont chemist Wallace Carothers patents nylon.
  • 1956 Britain abolishes the death penalty.
  • 1972 The Netherlands releases the Breda Three from prison, Germans responsible for the murder of 120,000 Jews.
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