Calendar Of Science
Every month, Pacific Science Center publishes a Calendar of Science, a compendium of science facts to add a little knowledge to your daily routine. So, read on and discover a few things you may not have known. If you would like to receive a daily dose of science, subscribe to Calendar of Science on Twitter. We've also set up a Google Calendar to which you may subscribe. Have a comment or question? Please drop us a line. Remember, life's boring without discovery!
June 1, 1869-Inventor Thomas Edison received his 1st patent, for an electric vote recorder. He received 1,093 patents, most in US history.
June 2, 1922-Birthday of geochemist Clair Patterson, made 1st accurate estimate of the age of the Earth, 4.6 billion years.
June 3, 1726-James Hutton born, proposed all geological features can be explained as result of slow changes taking place over MANY years.
June 4, 1984-Scientists cloned a DNA sequence from a quagga, an extinct subspecies of zebra. 1st time DNA cloned from an extinct animal.
June 5, 1995-Physicists Eric Cornell & Carl Wieman created a new state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate.
June 6, 1683-The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford, England, was opened to the public. World's 1st public museum.
June 7, 1502-Birthday of Ugo Boncompagni, who became Pope Gregory XIII, introduced the calendar which is currently in use.
June 8, 1955-Birthday of physicist Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web.
June 9, 1988-NASA scientists observed Pluto as it passed in front of a distant star and discovered that it has an atmosphere.
June 10, 1854-Mathematician Bernhard Riemann gave a lecture in which he proposed that space is curved, later used by Einstein.
June 11, 2004-After a 7-year trip, the Cassini spacecraft reached Saturn.
June 12, 1967-Soviet Union launched Venera 4. Four months later it reached Venus, 1st spacecraft to enter atmosphere of another planet.
June 13, 1911-Birthday of physicist Erwin Mueller, invented the field ion microscope, 1st instrument that could see individual atoms.
June 14, 1868-Birthday of pathologist Karl Landsteiner, discovered the A, B, AB, and O blood types.
June 15, 1752-Benjamin Franklin performed his famous kite experiment, proving that lightning is a form of electricity.
June 16, 1963-Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space.
June 17, 1867-Birthday of publisher John Robert Gregg, who invented the Gregg shorthand system.
June 18, 1799-Birthday of astronomer William Lassell, who discovered Neptune's moon Triton and Uranus' moons Ariel and Umbriel.
June 19, 1623-Birthday of mathematician Blaise Pascal, invented a digital calculator which could add and subtract.
June 20, 1861-Birthday of biochemist Frederick Hopkins, discovered certain vitamins were essential to good health.
June 21, 2004-Mike Melvill became the first person to travel into space on a privately-built rocket ship, which was named SpaceShipOne.
June 22, 1978-Astronomer James Christy discovered Charon, Pluto's largest moon.
June 23, 1868-Inventor Christopher Sholes received a patent for the typewriter.
June 24, 1883-Birthday of physicist Victor Hess, who discovered cosmic rays.
June 25, 1894-Birthday of rocket pioneer Hermann Oberth, who wrote The Rocket into Interplanetary Space.
June 26, 1824-Birthday of physicist William Thomson (later known as Lord Kelvin), who invented the absolute or Kelvin temperature scale.
June 27, 1929-Physicist Herbert Ives made the first public demonstration of color television.
June 28, 1911-A meteor broke into more than 40 fragments which landed in Egypt. In 1986, scientists determined they came from Mars.
June 29, 1868-Birthday of astronomer George Ellery Hale, who founded the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California.
June 30, 1905-Albert Einstein published his first paper on special relativity: On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies.