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Da Vinci robotic surgical system is approved in the U.S.

It was designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console. It is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. Da Vinci systems conduct around 200 000 surgeries a year.

Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii

Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide. Totality began over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil.

Skylab tumbles back to Earth

Skylab's demise in 1979 was an international media event, with T-shirts and hats with bullseyes and "Skylab Repellent" with a money-back guarantee, wagering on the time and place of re-entry, and nightly news reports. NASA calculated that the odds were 1 to 152 of debris hitting any human.

The discovery of the Terracotta army is announced

The army consisted of around 8 000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 700 horses and several non-military figures like officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians. All figures were from 221 to 206 BC. The army was uncovered near the ancient capital of Xian. It was buried in in battle formation facing east to guard the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 2015

Satoru Iwata

born 1975

Max Levchin

born 1967

Jeff Corwin

died 1994

Gary Kildall