Looking Back…

In case you were wondering about notable science events that happened the week of June 13th…

This round is on the house! On June 14th of 1789 the Reverend Elijah Craig used his distillery to age corn whiskey in charred oak barrels, successfully making Bourbon. Reverend Craig named the new liquor after his home county, Bourboun County, Kentucky. On a related note, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith founded Alcholics Anonymous on June 10th, 1935.

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Does anybody really know what time it is? On June 15th, 763 B.C. the ancient culture known as the Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse. Using modern technology astronomers can calculate the exact day the eclipse happened. Using this date historians can calculate the time of other events that the Assyrians and other cultures wrote about.

On June 15th, 1667, Dr. Jean Baptiste Denys attempted the first human blood transfusion. After several doctors had drained a 15 year old boy with fever of blood, Dr. Denys tried a transfusion using nine ounces of lamb’s blood. The attempt was unsuccessful.

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On June 15th, 1752, Benjamin Franklin performed his famous lightening experiment. Using a kite, a key, and a silk thread, Franklin proved that lightening was electric. However, Franklin was not the first scientist to try this experiment. The French scientist Thomas-Francois Dalibard conducted a similar test just a few weeks before.

The first Father’s day was celerated on June 19th, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. It was started by Sonara Smart Dodd, whose father was a single parent of six. Historians believe she was also inspired by Anna Jarvis, who had started the tradition of Mother’s Day just three years before.

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