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Long-time no see

The dog of Rancher Lucille Hogg from Meeteetse, Wyoming, brought a dead black-footed ferret to her door in. The species as considered extinct from 1979. The rediscovery was followed by a program of captive breeding and reintroduction into the wild. Currently, there are eighteen healthy black-footed ferret populations in the US.

Plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb

The Hanford Atomic Facility produced its first plutonium. It was used in the first nuclear test ever, operation Trinity, and in the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki. (Hiroshima bomb was filled with uranium-235, not plutonium.) Plutonium production in Hanford continued during the Cold War. The factory made plutonium filling for 60.000 nuclear weapons.

Darwinian criminologist is born

Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso is often called the father of criminology, although his theories are not accepted by a modern scientific community. Lombroso thought that criminality is hereditary. According to his theory criminals can be recognized according to certain features (for example left-handiness).

Saxophone inventor is born

Adolphe Sax was a Belgian inventor and musician. In the 1840s he designed saxophone. It is used in many styles of music: jazz, classical, rock and roll, ska, etc. Sax also designed saxotromba, saxhorn, and saxtuba. But these instruments were never as popular as a saxophone. Adolphe Sax himself played flute and clarinet.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1960

Mehmet Oz

born 1968

Jerry Yang

died 1005

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