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Space History for December 29


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1731
Died, Brook Taylor, English mathematician (calculus of finite differences)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brook_Taylor

1766
Born, Charles Macintosh, Scotland, patented waterproof fabric
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Macintosh

1800
Born, Charles Goodyear, inventor of the vulcanization of rubber. (Neither Goodyear nor his family was ever connected with the company named in his honor.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Goodyear

1891
Thomas Edison received US patent number 465,971 for "a means of transmitting signals electrically" (radio).
http://www.rfcafe.com/references/popular-electronics/a-question-of-semantics-oct-1970-popular-electronics.htm

1908
Born, Gerben Sonderman, Dutch Fokker test pilot
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerben_Sonderman

1931
The identification of heavy water (deuterium) was publicly announced by Harold C. Urey.
https://davescomputertips.com/geek-fact-for-december-29th/

1937
G Kulin discovered asteroid #1442 Corvina & #2712; and K Reinmuth discovered asteroid #1443 Ruppina.

1948
The First Report of the Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, reported in an appendix that the United States had been engaged in research on an Earth satellite.
https://books.google.com/books?id=0nohAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA357&lpg=PA357&dq=Secretary+of+Defense+first+reported+United+States+engaged+in+research+on+Earth+satellite+dec+29+1948

1958
Born, Nancy Jane Currie PhD (at Wilmington, Delaware, USA), Colonel US Army, NASA astronaut (STS 57, STS 70, STS 88, STS 109)

Astronaut Nancy L. Currie, mission specialist, NASA photo (1998)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/currie.html

1967
Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" was first aired.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trouble_with_Tribbles


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