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Events

1054 - A supernova is observed near ζ Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula (above).

1934 - Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.

1997 - NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.

2005 - The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.

Births

1854 - Victor BabeÅ, Romanian bacteriologist

Deaths

1850 - William Kirby, English entomologist

1910 - Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer

1934 - Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Physics

1977 - Gersh Budker, Russian physicist

1997 - John Zachary Young, English zoologist

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