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Calendar Of Science – October

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.

1 Oct 1958- NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Agency) started operating officially with five facilities.
2 Oct 1956- The first commercially available caesium atomic clock, Atomichron, was unveiled at New York City.
3 Oct 1899- John S. Thurman was issued a patent for motor-driven vacuum cleaner as “pneumatic carpet renovator”.
4 Oct 1957- The Soviet Union launched the first manmade satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the earth.
5 Oct 1923- Edwin Hubble identified a special class of pulsating star called a Cepheid variable that can be used to measure large cosmic distances.
6 Oct 1997- Stanley Prusiner won Nobel Prize for his discovery of Prions (innocuous cellular proteins), a biological principle of infection.
7 Oct 1885- Birthday: Niels Bohr who was best known for his research into atomic structure and quantum theory.
8 Oct 1958- Dr Åke Senning implanted the first internal heart pacemaker in a subcutaneous pouch of a patient.
9 Oct 1604- Keplers Supernova was discovered in the constellation of Ophiuchus in the western sky.
10 Oct 1846- Triton, Neptune’s largest moon was discovered by British astronomer William Lassell.
11 Oct  1968- Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission,  was launched on a Saturn 1-B rocket from Cape Kennedy.
12 Oct 1928-  An iron lung artificial respirator that regulates air pressure to help a person breathe,  was used for the first time in Boston.
13 Oct 1884- Greenwich was adopted as the Prime Meridian, the zero degrees longitude by the International Meridian Conference, Washington.
14 Oct 1863- Alfred Nobel was issued first of his 355 patents for the preparation of nitroglycerine.
15 Oct 1878- Edison Electric Light Company was established in New York by Thomas Edison along with leading financiers.
16 Oct 1964- China successfully detonated a 22 kiloton warhead codenamed 596 and became world’s fifth nuclear power.
17 Oct 1855- Sir Henry Bessemer was issued a patent for making steel by blasting compressed air through molten iron.
18 Oct 1962- James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of structure of DNA.
19 Oct 1967- Mariner 5 spacecraft which was launched on June 14, 1967, arrived in the vicinity of Venus for planetary exploration.
20 Oct 1906- Three-element vaccuum tube (triode) which can amplify weak signals was announced by Lee DeForest.
21 Oct 1833- Birthday: Alfred Nobel who invented the dynamite and established the Nobel Prize.
22 Oct 1938- Chester F. Carlson demonstrated xerography for the first time.
23 Oct 1814- Joseph Carpue performed the West’s first modern plastic surgery on a British military officer in England.
24 Oct 1851- William Lassell discovered two moons of Uranus, Umbriel and Ariel.
25 Oct 1671-Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, one of Saturn’s moons.
26 Oct 1948-Donora, a small town in Pennsylvania was covered with smog killing 20 people and harming several others.
27 Oct 1904- The first underground line of the U.S. subway rail system opened in the New York city.
28 Oct 1955- Birthday: Bill Gates who co-founded Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company.
29 Oct 1971- The first successful use of electricity to repair a bone fracture was reported  at the University of Pennsylvania.
30 Oct 1958- Dr. F. Mason unintentionally performed the first coronary angiogram at the Cleveland clinic.
31 Oct 1815- Sir Davy of London was issued a patent for miner’s safety lamp.