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Isolation of a single gene is announced

Americans Jon Beckwith and James Shapiro isolated the first gene ever. The gene belonged to the Escherichia coli bacterium. The first gene itself was actually an operon – several genes transcripted from DNA into one piece of RNA. This concrete operon is called lac operon. E. coli use it to digest sugars in milk.

The first transpacific mail flights

Four-engine flying boat China Clipper took off from Alameda, California. She carried 110,000 pieces of mail to Manila, Philippines. She traveled through Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam and landed in her destination seven days later. It was a first transatlantic airmail service in history.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1963

C. S. Lewis

born 1912

Doris Duke

born 1942

Guion Bluford

born 1980

Shawn Fanning