1958 - Explorer program: Explorer I - The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
1958 - James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
1961 - Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 - Ham the Chimp becomes the first hominid in outer space.
1868 - Theodore…
1925 - John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching human evolution.
1961 - Apollo program: U.S. president John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the moon" before the end of the decade.
1860 - James McKeen…
1720 - Birth of Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer
1733 - Birth of Joseph Priestley, English scientist and minister
1781 - William Herschel discovers Uranus.
1781 - Charles Messier publishes final catalog of Messier objects.
1781 - Carl Wilhelm Scheele discovers tungsten.
May 5th. The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo falls on the fifth this year. Auspicious? No. Calendric. But the fifth of May is a day on which interesting things tend to have happened. For Mexico, this is the day on which the Mexican army defeated the French army at Puebla in 1862. Strangely, the…