Thursday, March 13, 2008

Today in History: March 13

  • 1733 English clergyman scientist Joseph Priestley born; discovered oxygen, sulphur dioxide, ammonia, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and silicon fluoride; emigrated to America 1794.
  • 1925 Tennessee passes law to prohibit teaching Evolution in schools; led to the Scopes Monkey Trial.
  • 1943 German Nazis murder some 2,000 Jews in Krakow; 8,000 others sent to concentration camp
  • 1996 Murderer shoots 16 children and a teacher in Scotland, the Dunblane Massacre; leads to the U.K. banning handguns and subsequent increase in violent crime.
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