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British biochemist Frederick Sanger is born

He was interested in both main classes of large biomolecules: proteins and nucleic acids. In proteins, he was one of the researchers who described the structure of insulin. He also made a great contribution to the method of sequencing DNA. Sanger is one of the four people who won Nobel Prize two times.

Microsoft releases the Internet Explorer 3

It was Microsoft's first browser release with a major internal development component and also the first commercial browser with Cascading Style Sheets support. IE 3 was the first widely used version of Internet Explorer, although it did not surpass Netscape or become the browser with the most market share.

Space Shuttle Columbia lands

The mission details are classified. Early reports speculated that the primary payload was an Advanced KH-11 photo-reconnaissance satellite. Today it is widely believed that the main payload was the first SDS-2 communications satellite. Columbia travelled 3.4 million kilometres during 81 orbits of the Earth.

German engineer Felix Wankel is born

He invented the Wankel engine. It is an internal combustion engine using an eccentric rotary design to convert pressure into rotating motion. Wankel engine is commonly referred to as a rotary engine, although this name also applies to other completely different designs. It is used for motorcycles, racing automobiles, aircraft and as a range extender in hybrid cars.

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird is born

John Logie Baird was a Scottish engineer, innovator, one of the inventors of the mechanical television, demonstrating the first working television system, and inventor of both the first publicly demonstrated color television system and the first purely electronic color television picture tube.

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