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On This Day:
  • English chemist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), discovers oxygen ("de-phlogisticated air"), 1774. He published his discovery the following year in Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
  • All slaves in the British Empire are emancipated, 1834
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is established, 1916
  • Thirteen year old Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary, 1944
  • The United States Atomic Energy Commission is established, fostering peace time development of atomic technology by taking it away from the military and moving it into civilian control, 1946
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Claudius I (10 BC-54 AD), fourth Roman emperor
  • Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Welsh romantic painter, specialized in landscapes
  • Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882), American writer and lawyer (Two Years Before the Mast; The Seaman's Friend - Containing a Treatise on Practical Seamanship, with Plates)
  • Anne Hébert (1916-2000), French Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, and short-story writer (Le Tombeau des Rois, "The Tomb of the Kings"; Le Premier Jardin, "The First Garden")
  • Allan Geoffrey Yates (pseud. Carter Brown, Caroline Farr, Tom Conway, Paul Valdez) (1923-1985), Australian writer (Venus Unarmed; The Mermaid Murmurs Murder)
  • Ko Un (b. 1933), Korean writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (The Sound of My Waves; Ten Thousand Lives)
  • Koichi Wakatai (b. 1963), Japanese astronaut
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