Today in Science (0912)

Before we get to your TiS, a quick apology for things being relatively quiet here. A combination of class preps and service have kept me abnormally busy. Hopefully things will clear up come the weekend.

Events

1933 - Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.

1959 - The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon.

1992 - NASA launches Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board is Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.

Births

1725 - Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer

1897 - Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths

1923 - Jules Violle, French physicist

1927 - Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer

1961 - Carl Hermann, German physicist

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