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Calendar Of Science – March

Every month, Pacific Science Center publishes a Calendar of Science, a compendium of science facts to add a little knowledge to your daily routine. 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. Have a comment or question? Please drop us a line. Remember, life’s boring without discovery.


March 1, 1896: Henri Becquerel accidentally discovered spontaneous radioactivity.
March 2, 1908:Gabriel Lippman introduced the new three-dimensional color photography at the Academy of Sciences.
March 3, 1847: Birthday: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
March 4, 1991: The “Rotoblator,” an artery cleaning tool, was announced by Dr. Maurice Buchbinder.
March 5, 1872: George Westinghouse Jr. received a U.S. patent for his “Improvement in Steam-Air Brakes” for use on railroads.
March 6, 1899: Acetylsalycilic acid, better known by its tradename as Aspirin, was patented by Felix Hoffmann.
March 7, 1996: The first surface photos of Pluto, taken by Hubble Space Telescope, were released.
March 8, 1618: Johannes Kepler formulated his Third Law of Planetary Motion.
March 9, 1934: Birthday: Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, who was the first man to travel into space.
March 10, 1797: The concept of a geometrical interpretation of complex numbers was presented by Caspar Wessel.
March 11, 105: Ts’ai Lun invented paper, made from bamboo, mulberry, and other fibers, along with fish nets and rags.
March 12, 1923: The Phonofilm, the first motion picture with a sound-on-film track, developed by Dr. Lee De Forest was demonstrated.
March 13, 1882: The zoopraxiscope, an optical apparatus to exhibit photographs of moving animals, was presented by Eadweard J. Muybridge.
March 14, 1879: Birthday: Albert Einstein, who developed the special and general theories of relativity.
March 15, 1950: Terramycin, which was found effective against pneumonia, dysentery, and other infections, was approved by the FDA.
March 16, 1966: The first US manned docking of two spacecraft was accomplished by the Gemini VIII.
March 17, 1950: A radioactive element 98, named “californium” was announced by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.
March 18, 1987: The discovery of “high-temperature” superconductivity was announced at American Physical Society.
March 19, 1883: Birthday: Norman Haworth, determined the chemical structures of various carbohydrates, worked on synthesis of vitamin C.
March 20, 1916: Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity was published as an academic paper in Annalen der Physik.
March 21, 1925: Wolfgang Pauli published “exclusion principle,” 2 nearby electrons can’t be in exactly the same state at the same time.
March 22, 1960: The first laser was patented by Arthur Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes as “Masers and Maser Communications System.”
March 23, 1993: The identification of the gene that causes Huntington’s disease was announced.
March 24, 1882: Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB).
March 25, 1655: Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite and the easiest to observe.
March 26, 1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine to immunize people against polio.
March 27, 1933: Polyethylene, one of the earliest plastics for common use, was discovered by Reginald Gibson and Eric William Fawcett.
March 28, 1797: Nathaniel Briggs received a patent for a washing machine.
March 29, 1974: Mariner 10, launched on 3 Nov 1973, took the first close-up pictures of Mercury.
March 30, 1950: Dr. John Northrup Shive announced the invention of the phototransistor which is operated by light rather than electric current.
March 31, 1981: A new single cell genetically engineered life form patent was issued to Ananda Chakrabarty.

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