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Events

1969 - Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.

1983 - Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).

1996 - Comet Hyakutake was imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous and the Hubble Space Telescope (see above).

Births

1688 - Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer

1842 - Edouard Lucas, French mathematician

1949 - Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician

Deaths

1609 - Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist

1617 - John Napier, Scottish mathematician

1807 - Joseph Jérôme Lefrançais de Lalande, French astronomer

1842 - Jean Moufot, French philosopher and mathematician

1919 - William Crookes, English chemist and physicist

1923 - John Venn, British mathematician

1932 - Wilhelm Ostwald, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

1961 - Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician

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