On this day:

1948: Burma gains independence from the United Kingdom

1958: Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit. The Soviet Union was the first nation to send an artificial Earth satellite into space.

Born on this day:

1809: Louis Braille, the French educator, invented Braille

Gone on this day:

1941: Henri Bergson, French philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate

1960: Albert Camus, French author, journalist, philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate

1961: Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

1965: T. S. Eliot, American/English publisher, playwright, critic, Nobel Prize laureate

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