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Discovery - Notable Historical Events

Alessandro VoltaMar 20, 1800

Alexander von HumboldtDec 7, 1804

Wilhelm RöntgenJan 1, 1896

Ernest RutherfordMay 8, 1899

August KroghDec 10, 1920

Robert A. MillikanNov 11, 1925

Francis CrickApr 25, 1953

Emilio G. SegrèDec 11, 1959

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Discovery - Historical Events
Date Event
1574-11-22

Discovery of the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.

1611-06-22

Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery & never seen again

1744-12-31

English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble)

1747-02-14

Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London

1779-01-17

Captain Cook's last notation in ship's log Discovery

1800-03-20

Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London

1804-12-07

Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reports his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth's magnetic field from the poles to the equator in a memoir to the Paris Institute

1820-09-25

French Physicist Francois Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract iron filings to itself

1835-12-30

After gold discovery in Ga, Cherokees forced to move across Miss R

1840-05-21

Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'

1848-12-05

President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California

1849-08-19

NY Herald reports gold discovery in California

1867-03-16

First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.

1870-07-30

The Republic of Klipdrift is proclaimed by Transvaal President Andries Pretorius after the discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1866 resulted in a flood of treasure hunters; ownership of the diamond fields was contested by the Boer republics

1896-01-01

Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

1896-01-05

The Die Presse newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article

1899-05-08

Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)

1901-12-10

First Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays

1905-01-05

Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter's 7th satellite, Elara

1912-03-07

Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole

1920-12-10

August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle

1921-03-03

Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin

1925-11-11

Robert A. Millikan announces discovery of cosmic rays

1930-03-13

Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory

1938-12-17

Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Strassmann

1938-12-23

Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

1940-06-08

Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced

1948-10-03

Columbia University reports discovery of uranium in Belgian Congo

1953-04-25

Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine

1956-05-01

A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.

1957-07-09

Discovery of element 102 (Nobelium) announced

1959-12-11

Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

1962-03-15

5 research groups announce simultaneously discovery of anti-matter

1965-06-12

Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies

1968-02-24

Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish)

1974-04-08

Discovery Island opens

1978-06-22

James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced

1983-04-22

Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolf Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)

1983-11-05

Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) moves overland to Dryden

1983-11-06

Discovery transported to Vandenberg AFB, Calif

1983-11-09

Discovery flies from Vandenberg AFB to Kennedy Space Center

1984-05-12

Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D

1984-06-02

Flight readiness firing of Discovery's main engines

1984-06-26

1st flight of Shuttle Discovery (41-D) scrubbed at T -4

1984-08-30

12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)

1984-09-05

12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) -Discovery 1- lands at Edwards AFB

1984-09-10

Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Okla

1984-10-18

Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51A mission

1984-11-14

Astronauts aboard "Discovery" pluck a 2nd satellite from orbit

1984-11-16

14th Shuttle Mission (51A) -Discovery 2- lands at Kennedy Center

1985-01-05

Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission

1985-01-24

15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched

1985-01-27

15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 returns to Earth

1985-03-23

Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission

1985-04-12

16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn

1985-04-19

16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth

1985-05-28

Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-G

1985-06-17

18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 launched

1985-06-24

18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth

1985-06-28

Discovery ferried back to Kennedy Space Center via Bergstrom AFB, Tx

1985-07-30

Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-I mission

1985-08-27

20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-launched

1985-09-03

20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-returns to Earth

1985-09-08

Shuttle Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB

1986-10-30

Discovery moves to OPF where more than 200 modifications are made

1987-03-28

Stacking of Discovery's SRBs gets underway

1987-05-28

Stacking of Discovery's SRBs completed

1987-06-10

Discovery's SRBs & External Tank are mated

1987-06-21

Discovery rolls over from OPF to Vandenberg AFB

1987-07-04

Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

1987-08-03

Discovery in Orbital Processing Facility is powered up for STS-26

1987-08-10

Flight Readiness Firing of Discovery's main engines is successfully

1988-01-24

9th ACE Cable Awards: Discovery Channel wins the Golden CableACE for "Russia: Live From the Inside"

1988-08-08

Discovery of most distant galaxy (15 * 10 ^ 12 light yrs) announced

1988-09-29

26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched

1988-10-03

26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days

1989-03-13

27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown

1989-03-18

27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth

1989-08-02

NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

1989-09-19

Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens

1989-11-22

US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) launches into orbit

1989-11-27

US 63rd manned space mission STS 33 (Discovery 9) returns from space

1990-04-24

US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) launches into orbit

1990-04-25

Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery

1990-04-29

STS-31 (Discovery 10) lands

1990-04-30

US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) returns from space

1990-10-06

US 67th manned space mission STS 41 (Discovery 11) launches into orbit

1990-10-10

US 67th manned space mission STS 41 (Discovery 11) returns from space

1991-03-09

US 70th manned space mission STS 39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit

1991-04-28

Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) launched

1991-05-06

Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands

1991-09-12

Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) launched

1991-09-18

Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) lands

1992-01-22

Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) launches into space

1992-01-30

Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands

1993-04-08

STS-56 (Discovery) launches into orbit

1993-04-17

STS-56 (Discovery) lands

1993-09-12

STS-51 (Discovery) launches into orbit

1993-09-22

STS-51 (Discovery) lands

1994-02-03

STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit

1994-02-11

Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands

1994-09-09

Space shuttle STS 64 (Discovery 20), launches into orbit

1994-09-20

Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands

1995-01-06

A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.

1995-02-02

US space shuttle Discovery launched

1995-02-03

STS 63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit

1995-02-11

Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands

1995-07-13

Space shuttle STS-70 (Discovery 20), launches

1995-07-22

Space shuttle STS-70 (Discovery 20), lands

1997-02-11

STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches

1997-02-13

Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope

1997-02-21

STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands

1997-08-07

STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit

1997-08-19

STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands

1997-09-10

Discovery buys Travel Channel for $20 million

1998-10-29

Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

1999-05-29

Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.

1999-07-31

Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.

2002-02-15

At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.

2003-10-21

Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.

2004-03-15

Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.

2005-07-26

Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.

2005-07-27

STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.

2005-07-29

Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.

2006-01-25

Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.

2006-07-04

Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.

2011-02-24

Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

2011-03-09

Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.

2011-07-11

Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846.

2011-09-22

CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light

2012-02-28

Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall

2012-05-12

The discovery of a missing Mayan calender piece disproves 2012 Armageddon

2012-09-27

The 2004 Japanese discovery of the 133th element has been confirmed

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Discovery - Notable Birthdays

Lowell, US astronomerMar 13, 1855

Discovery - Birthdays
Date Event
1394-03-04

Henry the Navigator, Prince/sponsors Portuguese voyages of discovery

1834-02-06

Edwin Klebs, Kaliningrad Russia, German Physician and Bacteriologist known for his work on the bacterial theory of infection and his discovery, with F. A. J. Löffler, of the diphtheria bacillus (Klebs-Löffler bacillus)

1855-03-13

Percival "Percy" Lowell, US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto)

1904-04-17

Robin Tanner, Outlook: Discovery and Experience

1914-06-16

Eileen Molony, Outlook: Discovery and Experience

1920-07-30

Marie Tharp, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark

1924-05-05

Philip Hammond, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark

1924-07-24

Paul Meier, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark

1927-07-29

Harry Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven

1930-08-07

Roger Van Haverbeke, Albert Deacon's Discovery

1934-02-09

Pat Rocco, Ron and Chuck in Disneyland Discovery

1944-08-28

Rob van de Meeberg, The Discovery of Heaven

1946-08-19

Derrett Lee, Voyage of Discovery

1946-11-04

Nettie Blanken, The Discovery of Heaven

1947-10-21

Gary Cunningham, Discovery Goes to New Zealand

1953-12-29

Renn Reed, Lost Angels (The Discovery)

1955-04-09

Theo Bierkens, The Discovery of Heaven

1956-03-11

Curtis L. Brown, Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch

1956-11-02

Mark Barth, Lost Angels (The Discovery)

1957-05-23

Jane Chaplin, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

1957-12-13

Simon Dormandy, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

1958-05-31

Teo Casani, The Discovery of Heaven

1962-06-08

Rafael C. Herrera, The Discovery of Heaven

1965-05-17

Ian Wright, Discovery: Sarajevo

1966-05-24

Fabrizio Borni, The Discovery of Heaven

1970-10-18

Lars Lindberg Christensen, Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery

1971-03-19

Jesse Evans, Discovery Quest: Billy the Kid Unmasked

1973-05-14

Shanice, [Wilson], Pittsburgh Pa, vocalist (Discovery, Loving You)

1974-05-27

Maarten van Hemmen, The Discovery of Heaven

1983-04-06

Phil Stopford, Land Rover Discovery TDI Part 1

Discovery - Deaths
Date Event
1798-05-10

George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40

1982-12-17

Eileen Molony, Outlook: Discovery and Experience

1988-05-19

Robin Tanner, Outlook: Discovery and Experience

1997-01-17

Clyde Tombaugh, Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees

2006-08-23

Marie Tharp, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark

2007-10-26

Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)

2008-02-24

Philip Hammond, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark

2010-02-09

Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)

2010-10-30

Harry Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven

2011-03-05

Roger Van Haverbeke, Albert Deacon's Discovery

2011-06-05

Derrett Lee, Voyage of Discovery

2011-08-07

Paul Meier, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark


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