Sunday, April 6, 2008

Today in History: April 6

  • 1849 English Pre-Raphaelite painter John Waterhouse born; painted The Lady of Shalott, Ophelia, Hylas and the Nymphs.
  • 1903 American engineer Harold Edgerton born; inventor of really high speed movies.
  • 1928 American molecular biologist James Watson born; discovered (with Francis Crick) the double-helix structure of DNA.
  • 1938 Du Pont chemist Roy J. Plunkett and his assistant Jack Rebok accidentally discover Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
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