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Discovers - Notable Historical Events

Christopher ColumbusOct 28, 1492

MagellanMar 6, 1521

Jacques CartierJun 29, 1534

Hernando de SotoMay 30, 1539

Queen Elizabeth IJul 17, 1585

GalileoJan 1, 1610

Johannes KeplerMay 15, 1618

James CookJun 11, 1770

Carl Friedrich GaussMar 30, 1796

Robert KochMar 24, 1882

Henri BecquerelMar 1, 1896

Camillo GolgiJul 15, 1898

Marie CurieDec 21, 1898

Howard CarterNov 4, 1922

Raymond DartOct 28, 1924

Alexander FlemingSep 15, 1928

Carl David AndersonAug 2, 1932

Werner von BraunJun 23, 1943

Mary LeakeyJul 17, 1959

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Discovers - Historical Events
Date Event
1000-10-09

Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada) reputedly becoming first European to reach North America

1488-02-03

Bartholomeus Diaz discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros)

1492-10-28

Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain

1492-12-05

Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)

1493-11-03

Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica

1493-11-11

Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba

1493-11-19

Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage

1498-07-31

Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad

1499-07-26

Alonso dhe Ojeda discovers Curacao Island

1500-04-22

Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil & claims it for Portugal

1501-05-20

Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands

1502-05-21

Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

1503-05-10

Columbus discovers Cayman Islands

1513-03-27

Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida

1521-03-06

Magellan discovers Guam

1524-04-17

Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay

1534-06-29

Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Islands Canada

1535-03-10

Bishop Tomés de Berlanga discovers Galapagos Islands

1535-10-02

Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)

1539-05-30

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida

1541-05-08

Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1542-09-28

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay

1585-07-17

English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I

1595-07-21

Alvara Mendana discovers Marquesas Island

1596-08-03

David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)

1609-08-28

Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay

1610-01-01

German astronomer Simon Marius first discovers the Jupiter moons, but does not officially report it, Galileo does on July 1 1610

1610-01-07

Galileo discovers 1st 3 Jupiter satellites, Io, Europa & Ganymede

1610-01-13

Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter

1616-01-24

Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver

1616-10-25

VOC-ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia

1618-05-15

Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law

1642-08-13

Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap

1642-11-24

Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

1655-03-25

Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan (Saturn's largest satellite)

1671-10-25

Giovanni Cassini discovers Iapetus, satellite of Saturn

1672-12-23

Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn

1680-11-14

Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch's Comet/Newton's Comet)

1722-04-05

Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island

1739-01-01

J B C Bouvet de Lozier discovers Bouvet Island, near Antarctica

1741-07-28

Capt Bering discovers Mount St Elias, Alaska

1770-06-11

Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia

1772-02-12

Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India

1774-08-01

Joseph Priestley, English theologian, chemist and author discovers oxygen

1778-11-26

Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

1780-05-02

William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris

1781-01-04

Andre Méchain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio)

1787-08-19

W Herschel discovers Enceladus, a moon of Saturn

1789-08-28

Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus

1789-09-17

William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn

1791-07-05

Jose Maria Narvaez discovers Point Grey (now Vancouver BC)

1792-05-07

Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)

1792-06-12

George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver BC

1796-03-30

Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, discovers the construction of the heptadecagon

1796-07-10

Carl Friedrich Gauss discovers that every positive integer is representable as a sum of at most three triangular numbers.

1801-07-11

French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovers his 1st comet

1802-03-28

Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.

1815-05-24

George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia

1819-02-19

British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.

1826-02-28

M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela's Comet

1840-01-20

Dumont D'Urville discovers Adélie Land, Antarctica

1840-02-16

American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

1847-07-20

German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

1847-10-01

Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet

1849-12-28

M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect

1851-07-13

John F Loudon discovers tin on East Indian Island of Billiton

1851-07-29

Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.

1851-10-24

William Lassell discovers Ariel & Umbriel, satellites of Uranus

1856-01-08

Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif

1858-09-10

George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.

1859-07-05

Capt N C Brooks discovers Midway Islands

1859-10-19

Wilhelm Tempel discovers diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope

1861-06-28

Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d'Arrest

1864-08-29

William Huggins discovers chemical composition of nebulae

1868-08-18

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

1870-04-27

Heinrich Schliemann discovers Troi

1871-12-12

Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum

1874-06-22

Dr Andrew T Still, discovers the science of osteopathy

1877-08-11

Asaph Hall discovers Mars's moon Deimos

1877-08-17

Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos

1879-02-27

Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)

1882-03-24

German scientist Robert Koch discovers bacillus cause of TB

1882-10-24

Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis

1892-09-09

E E Barnard at Lick discovers Amalthea, 5th Jupiter moon

1894-08-25

Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.

1896-03-01

Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.

1898-07-15

Camillo Golgi discovers the Golgi Apparatus (a delicate network inside cells essential for the transmission and reception of information between cells)

1898-12-21

Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium

1900-12-07

Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission.

1900-12-20

Giacobini discovers a comet (will be 1st comet visited by spacecraft)

1902-05-17

Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.

1903-04-14

Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)

1906-09-16

Roald Amundsen discovers Magnetic South Pole

1908-07-25

Ajinomoto is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it.

1909-09-06

Word received that Admiral Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier

1911-07-24

Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas

1922-11-04

Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt

1924-10-28

M.de Bruin, a quarry man and miner, discovers an infant fossil skull in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Popularly known as the Taung child, Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species called Australopithecus africanus (The Southern Africa Ape).

1928-09-15

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

1930-01-07

Marguerite Perey discovers Fr (francium), the last naturally occurring element to be found

1930-02-18

US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto

1932-08-02

Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron (positive electron), the first known antiparticle

1934-11-23

An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, which lay well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.

1934-12-07

Wiley Post discovers jet stream

1938-06-08

Gert Terblanche, a local school boy, discovers fossils of an unknown 'robust-type' human ancestor, later named Paranthropus robustus by Robert Broom, at Kromdraai, Blaauwbank River Valley in South Africa

1942-02-27

J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun

1943-04-16

Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.

1943-06-23

RAF discovers Werner von Braun's V1/V2-base in Peenemunde

1949-05-01

Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)

1951-09-29

S B Nicholson discovers 12th satellite of Jupiter

1955-10-18

University of California discovers anti-proton

1956-10-06

Dr Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine

1958-01-31

James van Allen discovers radiation belt

1959-07-17

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago

1963-02-05

Maarten Schmidt discovers enormous red shifts in quasars

1966-12-15

Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus

1974-09-14

Charles Kowal discovers Leda, 13th satellite of Jupiter

1977-11-08

Manolis Andronikos, a Greek Archaeologist and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina.

1979-09-01

Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings

1980-11-08

Voyager 1 space probe discovers 15th moon of Saturn

1989-08-11

Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune

1992-02-19

Peter Collins discovers nova Cygni 1992

1992-08-30

David Lewett & Jane Luu discovers comet: "1992 QB1" 64 mil km from Sun

1992-09-26

Tsuruhiko Kiuchi discovers comet Swift-Tuttle

1993-01-06

Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a

1996-09-03

Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)

1996-11-13

Joel Armengaud discovers 2^1398269 - 1 (35th known Mersenne prime)

1997-08-24

Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)

1997-11-20

Yohannes Haile-Selassie discovers the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor, confirming and establishing the new species Australopithecus garhi, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia

1998-01-27

Roland Clarkson discovers 2^3021377-1 (37th known Mersenne prime)

2000-11-07

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas.

2001-07-19

Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans.

2004-02-13

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.

2005-01-15

ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.

2012-09-27

The Mars Curiosity rover discovers what evidence of a fast-moving streambed-in Mars

2013-03-19

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers further evidence of water-bearing minerals

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Discovers - Birthdays
Date Event
1933-01-02

Eva Kerbler, Columbus Discovers Kraehwinkel

1986-09-01

H Debehogne discovers asteroid #8265 La Silla

Discovers - Deaths
Date Event
1868-02-11

Leon Foucault, discovers 1st physical proof of Earth's rotation, dies


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