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Baikonur Cosmodrome is founded

The Soviet government issued the decree for Scientific Research Test Range near Baikonur city. It was originally established as a test centre for ICBMs but soon expanded to include launch facilities for space flights. Both Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, and Vostok 1, the first human spaceflight, were launched from Baikonur.

Radar invention

Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt sent a secret memo to the British Air Ministry. The memo proposed system on detection and location of aircraft by radio methods. It was a description of early radar device. Further development of the concept led to the radars from WW2, which won the Battle of Britain.

English biologist Charles Darwin is born

He is known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He came with the theory that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors. Together with Alfred Russel Wallace he came to the conclusion that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process of natural selection.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1804

Immanuel Kant

born 1948

Ray Kurzweil