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Events

1660 – At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decide to found what is later known as the Royal Society of London.

1964 – Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.

2004 – A male Po’o-uli dies of avian malaria in Maui Bird Conservation Center before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.

Births

1700 – Nathaniel Bliss, Astronomer Royal

1772 – Luke Howard, British meteorologist

1805 – John Stephens, American archeologist

1908 – Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist

1950 – Russell Alan Hulse, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths

1801 – Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist

1872 – Mary Fairfax Somerville, British scientific writer

1954 – Enrico Fermi, Italian physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

1987 – Choh Hao Li, Chinese biochemist