Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Today in History: March 25

  • 1655 Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens discovers Saturn's largest moon, now called Titan.
  • 1807 World's first railway passenger service began in Wales on the Oystermouth Railway.
  • 1843 Thames Tunnel opens in London 18 years after start of construction; the first under a navigable river.
  • 1908 English director David Lean born; directed Blithe Spirit (1945), Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965).
  • 1914 American agri-scientist Norman Borlaug born; Nobel 1970 (Peace) for creating the Green Revolution; invented numerous extremely high-yield grain variants; promulgated techniques throughout the world, conservatively saving a billion people from starvation.
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