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.
1959 - The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon.
1725 - Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer
1897 - Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist and Nobel Prize laureate
1923 - Jules Violle, French physicist
1927 - Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer
1961 - Carl Hermann, German physicist