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On This Day In History for December 16, 2020
This is the 351st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining in 2020.
- It was on this date in 1843, that The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date.
- That same date in 1907, The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.
- 83 years ago today, Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
- Also on December 16, 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor.
Happy birthday goes out on this date to:
- English novelist, Jane Austen, born on this date in 1775.
- Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German chemist, physicist, and philosopher was born on that same date in 1776.
- Viktor Bunyakovsky, the Russian mathematician and academic was born 216 years ago today.
- George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet was born on that same date in 1863.
- Bertha Lamme Feicht, the American electrical engineer was born 151 years ago today.
- Born December 16, 1882, German physicist and engineer Walther Meissner.
- Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer was born on that same date in 1917.
- Born December 16, 1928, American philosopher and author Philip K. Dick.
- American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Billy Gibbons, born on this date in 1949.
- Also turning 51 today is American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize laureate Adam Riess.
- American computer scientist and academic, Jen Golbeck is 44 today.
- American actress, musician, and model, Krysten Ritter, born on this date in 1981.
- 17 – Jorge Schrauwen
- 20 – Phil Burchill the 9 year old I started listening to Technorama with turned 21 this year (2017)!
- 21 – James Ballard KarakSindru
- 22 – Bo Pace
- 22 – Luke “Chuck’s Stalker” Smith (2000)
- 22 – Jason Pelloni, Tampa, FL
And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for December 16, 2020
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- Japan’s asteroid sample returns home, poised to reveal solar system’s secrets – CNET
- Scientists say they have come up with potential way to make oxygen on Mars – CNN
- NVIDIA found a way to train AI with very little data | Engadget
- Erectile Dysfunction Drug and Anti-Depressant Accidentally Swapped in Factory
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