Looking Back…

May 16, 2008

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In case you were wondering about notable science events that happened the week of May 16th…  

On May 16th, 1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer. He was orginally going to call it “root tea” but felt that “root beer” would appeal more to the working man.

On May 19th, 1961, the Soviets launched Venera 1, which later became the first man made object to fly by another planet (Venus). On May 16th and May 17th, of 1969, the Soviet probes Venera 5 and Venera 6 transmit data back to Earth as they crash onto the surface of Venus.

On May 20th, 1570, the cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues what is commonly reffered to as the first modern Atlas.

On May 20th, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from New York in a small, single seat, single engine plane known as the Spirit of St. Louis. 33 and a half hours later, Lindbergh landed in Paris, France, completing the first solo non-stop flight across across the Atlantic Ocean.

Exactly five years later, on May 20th of 1933, Amelia Earhart took off from NewFoundland, headed for Paris. She crossed the Atlantic in a measley fifteen hours, but bad weather forcerd her to turn north and land in Ireland.

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Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

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