On this day:

2001: The first draft of the human genome containing the complete human genetic information is published.

1989: The Soviet Union pulls its forces out of Afghanistan Despite their military superiority, the Soviet and Afghan armies could not break the Mujahideen insurgents’ resistance

Born on this day:

1564: Galileo Galilei: Italian astronomer, the physicist also known as “Father of Modern Physics”.

Gone on this day:

1988: Richard Feynman: American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate