Today – April 30

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Johann Gauss – Preeminent German mathematician and scientist

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English: A portry of the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss painted by the Danish portrait painter Carl Friedrich Gauss as one of 11 portraits of international scientists he was commissioned to paint for the new Pulkovo Observatory at Sankt Petersborg- The portrait has been used on German bank notes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician and scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, electrostatics, astronomy and optics. Sometimes known as the Princeps mathematicorum (Latin, “the Prince of Mathematicians” or “the foremost of mathematicians”) and “greatest mathematician since antiquity”, Gauss had a remarkable influence in many fields of mathematics and science and is ranked as one of history’s most influential mathematicians.  He referred to mathematics as “the queen of sciences.

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Today – April 23

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Notable U. S. Birthday

James Buchanan – 15th President of the United States

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English: Photo of James Buchanan in National Portrait Gallery. Public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James Buchanan, Jr. (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th President of the United States from 1857–1861 and the last to be born in the 18th century.  To date he is the only President from the state of Pennsylvania and the only to remain a lifelong bachelor.

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Today – April 22

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Notable U. S. Birthday

J. Robert Oppenheimer – The Father of the Atomic Bomb

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Official portrait of J. Robert Oppenheimer, first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project: the World War II effort to develop the first nuclear weapons at the secret Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. For this reason he is remembered as “The Father of the Atomic Bomb“. In reference to the Trinity test in New Mexico, where his Los Alamos team first tested the bomb, Oppenheimer famously recalled the Bhagavad Gita: “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.” and “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

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G.I. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)

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Today – April 6

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Notable U. S. Birthday

James Dewey Watson – Co-discoverer of the structure of DNA

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James Watson (Photo credit: afagen)

James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”. He studied at the University of Chicago and Indiana University and subsequently worked at the University of Cambridge‘s Cavendish Laboratory in England where he first met Francis Crick.

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Today – April 5

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Joseph Lister – pioneer in the use of sterilized medical instruments

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Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, at age 69; taken during the meeting of the British Medical Association in Liverpool, 1896 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, OM, FRS (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912) was an English surgeon who promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He successfully introduced carbolic acid (phenol) to sterilize surgical instruments and to clean wounds.

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Today – March 20

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Notable U. S. Birthday

B. F. Skinner  – Inovative American psychologist and behaviorist

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English: B.F. Skinner at the Harvard Psychology Department, circa 1950  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) was an American psychologist, author, inventor, advocate for social reform and poet.  He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, innovated his own philosophy of science called Radical Behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental research psychology—the experimental analysis of behavior. His analysis of human behavior culminated in his work Verbal Behavior, which has recently seen enormous increase in interest experimentally and in applied setting.  In a recent survey, Skinner was listed as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century.  He was a prolific author who published 21 books and 180 articles.

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GI. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)

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Today – March 15

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U. S. Birthday

Andrew Jackson – 7th President of the United States

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English: Andrew Jackson – 7 th President of the United States (1829–1837) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). He was military governor of Florida (1821), commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans (1815), and eponym of the era of Jacksonian democracy. He was a polarizing figure who dominated American politics in the 1820s and 1830s. His political ambition combined with widening political participation, shaping the modern Democratic Party. Renowned for his toughness, he was nicknamed “Old Hickory.” As he based his career in developing Tennessee, Jackson was the first president primarily associated with the frontier.

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Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)

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Today – March 14

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Today’s Memorable Events

  • 14 Mar 1783 – Treaty of Paris ends American Revolution

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Albert Einstein – Eminent physicist best known for his theory of relativity.

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English: Albert Einstein Français : Portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, expressed by the equation Emc2. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”

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Today – March 13

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Joseph Priestley – Probable discoverer of Oxygen

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English: Portrait of Joseph Priestley. Pastel, original dimensions: 9 1/2 in. x 7 3/8 in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Priestley (13 March 1733 (Old Style) – 6 February 1804) was an 18th-century British theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state, although Carl Wilhelm Scheele and Antoine Lavoisier also have a claim to the discovery.

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Today – February 15

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Notable U. S. Birthday

Susan B. Anthony  – prominent women’s sufferagist.

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Susan Brownell Anthony, (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent a prominent American suffragist leader who, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led the effort to secure Women’s suffrage in the United States. Ca. 1903 (L to R) Anna Howard Shaw, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt (Standing) Harriet Taylor Upton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s rights movement to introduce women’s suffrage into the United States. She traveled the United States and Europe, and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on women’s rights for 45 years.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Good Feeling – First Turning, High (1788-1821)
Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

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