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Two earth-like planets are discovered

The Kepler probe found a promising system around a star in the constellation Lyra, 1 200 light years from Earth. The star, designated Kepler-62, is little cooler and smaller than our Sun. It has five known planets. Two of them orbit in the habitable zone.

Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl dies

Heyerdahl sailed 6000 km across the Pacific Ocean, from South America to the Tuamotu Islands, on a handmade raft. The raft was called Kon-Tiki according to an ancient South American solar god. It was constructed out of balsa logs and other native materials. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages.

Physicist Albert Einstein dies

Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein experienced internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm and died the next morning in Princeton Hospital.

Radio facsimile

First commercial radio transmission of a radio facsimile was sent from San Francisco, California to New York City. The photograph showed Marion Davies receiving a make-up box as a gift from Louis B. Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The machine was invented by Richard H. Ranger. It was the forerunner of now obsolete fax machines.

English physician Erasmus Darwin dies

Darwin was one of the leading intellectuals of 18th century England. He was a grandfather of Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. As a naturalist, he formulated one of the first formal theories on evolution. Although he did not come up with natural selection, he did discuss many ideas that his grandson elaborated on sixty years later.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1949

Will Hay

died 2003

Edgar F. Codd