Saturday, April 19, 2008

Today in History: April 19

  • 1721 Roger Sherman born; signer of the Declaration of Independence; also signed the Articles of Association, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
  • 1775 The 14 April order by the English government to disarm the Massachusetts citizenry was resisted this day at battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolution.
  • 1883 Austrian-American mathematician Richard von Mises born; pioneer of aeronautics boundary-layer theory and airfoil design.
  • 1912 American nuclear chemist Glenn T. Seaborg born; created ten transuranic atomic elements (beyond the heaviest natural element, Uranium); 1951 Nobel; Chaired the Atomic Energy Commission; Element 106, Seaborgium.
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