Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today in History: March 18

  • 1690 Russian mathematician Christian Goldbach born; the Goldbach Conjecture (1742): can every even integer greater than 2 be represented as the sum of two primes? -- still unsolved.
  • 1766 British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act a year after it was imposed; it generated many protests, and the Stamp Act Congress.
  • 1796 Swiss mathematician Jakob Steiner born; put projective geometry on the map; the Steiner surface is spooky.
  • 1844 Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov born; one of The Five; wrote Flight of the Bumblebee.
  • 1858 German inventor Rudolf Diesel born; the first practical internal combustion engine.
  • 2004 Kosovo muslims attack 23 Serbian Catholic Orthodox churches, destroying 16; 28 people killed, 600 injured including 61 U.N. peacekeepers and 55 police.
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