Friday, February 8, 2008

Today in History: February 8

  • 1700 Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli born; Bernoulli's Principle for aerodynamics.
  • 1828 French writer Jules Verne born; father of Science Fiction: wrote Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
  • 1834 Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev born; developed the Periodic Table; predicted several unknown Elements.
  • 1904 Japan's surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur, Manchuria, starts the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1906 American physicist Chester Carlson born; invented xerography in 1938, used by all laser printers.
  • 1910 Boy Scouts of America founded; Be Prepared.
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