Saturday, March 29, 2008

Today in History: March 29

  • 1807 German astronomer Heinrich Olbers discovers the fourth asteroid, giving mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss the honor of naming it, Vesta; it is the brightest asteroid.
  • 1873 Italian mathematician Tullio Levi-Civita born; founder (with Ricci) of Tensor Analysis, used extensively in Einstein's General Relativity.
  • 1911 The U.S. Army adopts John Browning's Colt automatic pistol, caliber .45 Model 1911.
  • 1927 English biochemist John Vane born; 1982 Nobel (with Sune Bergström and Bengt Samuelsson) for discovering how aspirin blocks the formation of prostaglandins involved in pain, fever, and inflammation; led to the Ace inhibitors, a new class of drugs giving for hypertension and heart disease.
  • 1951 American Communists Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of giving atomic secrets to the Sovient Union.
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