Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Today in History: April 29

  • 1854 French mathematician Henri PoincarĂ© born; father of algebraic topology; father of multivariate complex analytic function theory; co-discoverer (with Albert Einstein and Hendrik Lorentz) of the special theory of relativity.
  • 1875 British-Italian writer Rafael Sabatini born; wrote The Sea Hawk (1915), Scaramouche (1921), Captain Blood (1922), The Black Swan (1932). Buckle your swashes!
  • 1893 American chemist Harold Urey born; 1934 Nobel, discovered Deuterium, a heavier isotope of Hydrogen; (with Stanley Miller) showed that lightening in an early-Earth atmosphere produces amino acids, the building blocks of DNA.
  • 1945 American troops capture Dachau labor/death camp;
  • 1992 Black people riot in Los Angeles, killing 53 and destroying hundreds of buildings, after police are acquitted of excessive force charges in arresting Rodney King.
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