Monday, May 12, 2008

Today in History: May 12

  • 1907 American actress Katharine Hepburn born; record 4 Best Actress Oscars; Morning Glory (1933, Oscar), Little Women (), Alice Adams (1935), Stage Door (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), The African Queen (1951), Pat and Mike (1952), Desk Set (1957), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967, Oscar), The Lion in Winter (1969, Oscar), On Golden Pond (1981, Oscar).
  • 1910 English chemist Dorothy Hodgkin born; 1964 Nobel, for discovering numerous 3-D structures of biologically active molecules, including cholesterol (1937), penicillin (1946) and vitamin B-12 (1956), and the X-ray crystallographic techniques do to so; taught British P.M. Margaret Thatcher (B.Sc for crystallography).
  • 1941 German engineer Konrad Zuse demonstrates world's first (semi) programmable computer, the Z3, with two registers and 64 words of memory, each 22 bits wide; with program stored on paper (film) tape, it is only missing a branch instruction.
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