Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Today in History: February 6

  • 1886 German chemist Clement Winkler discovers the element germanium, called eka-silicon by Dmitry Mendeleyev in his 1871 prediction.
  • 1895 American pitcher & fielder Babe Ruth born; greatest player of America's National Pastime.
  • 1911 Ronald Reagan born; Eureka College student president, B.A. Economics, lifeguard, radio announcer, WWII Lieutenant, film actor, California governor, 40th President.
  • 1927 American physicist Gerard O'Neill; invented particle accelerators with colliding-beams, doubling their energy; advocate of space colonization, wrote "The High Frontier".
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