Today in Science (0313)

Events

1781 - William Herschel discovers Uranus.

1925 - Scopes Trial: A law in Tennessee prohibits the teaching of evolution.

1930 - The news of the discovery of Pluto was telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.

Births

1720 - Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer

1733 - Joseph Priestley, English scientist

1855 - Percival Lowell, American astronomer

1899 - John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

Deaths

1773 - Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist and explorer

1990 - Bruno Bettelheim, American psychiatrist

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