Today in Science (1214)


1782 - The Montgolfier brothers first balloon lifts on its first test flight.

1900 - Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.

1962 - Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.


1909 - Edward Tatum, American geneticist and Nobel Prize laureate

1922 - Nikolay Basov, Soviet physicist and Nobel Prize laureate


1873 - Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born American zoologist and geologist [See last year’s post on Agassiz]

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