- 2012: CERN tentatively announces the discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle thought to be responsible for the existence of mass
1054 A supernova 6500 lightyears away in the constellation Taurus becomes visible from Earth; its remnants now form the Crab Nebula
- 1934 The chain-reaction design of the atomic bomb is patented by Leó Szilárd, who later assigns the rights to the British Admiralty to ensure its secrecy. Szilárd also held the patent for the nuclear reactor, jointly with Enrico Fermi
- 2005 NASA’s Deep Impact spaceprobe is crash-landed onto the comet Tempel 1 with a mission to study its composition
- 1868 Birth of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who discovered the relationship between the luminosity of Cepheid variable stars and the period of the oscillations in that luminosity; her discovery was later used by Edwin Hubble to show that “spiral nebulae” were actually separate galaxies at huge distances from our own
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