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Description of HIV is published

Two scientific teams led by American Robert Gallo and French investigators Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier independently described a new virus that has been infecting AIDS patients. They published their findings in the same issue of the of the journal Science. Their viruses turned out to be the same.

The first prisoners arrive at Auschwitz

30 German criminal prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp were the first prisoners who arrived at Aschwitz camp. The first mass transport to Auschwitz concentration camp, which included Catholic prisoners, suspected members of the resistance, and 20 Jews, arrived from the prison in Tarnów, Poland, on 14 June 1940.

Edison demonstrates the kinetoscope

U.S. inventor Thomas Edison showed his invention at the convention of the National Federation of Women's Clubs. The kinetoscope was an early motion picture exhibition device. It was designed for films to be viewed by one individual at a time through a peephole viewer window at the top of the device.

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born 1946


born 1982

Petr Čech

born 1908

James Stewart

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