Sunday, March 16, 2008

Today in History: March 16

  • 1739 George Clymer born; signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1751 James Madison born; Founding Father, 4th President; co-author of the Federalist Papers.
  • 1789 German physicist Georg Ohm born; Ohm's Law; showed that there are no perfect conductors of electricity.
  • 1802 The West Point Military Academy is established; Happy Birthday to the Long Grey Line.
  • 1867 English surgeon Joseph Lister publishes his discovery of antiseptic surgery the Lancet.
  • 1918 American physicist Frederick Reines born; discovered the neutrino, just where Wolfgang Pauli said it would be 20 years earlier; 1995 Nobel (with Martin Perl).
  • 1926 American physicist Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, in Auburn MA; pioneer of controlled rocket flight.
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