On this day:

1851: Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville, is Published for the First Time

1867: Alaska Becomes a Part of the United States after it purchases it from Russia

1967: The Soviet Probe Venera 4 Becomes First Space Probe to Enter the Atmosphere of Another Planet

Gone on this day:

1871: Charles Babbage, English mathematician, engineer, invented the Difference engine. He is known as the Father of Computers

1931: Thomas Edison, American businessman, invented the light bulb, phonograph

1973: Leo Strauss, German/American philosopher

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