On this day:

1858 First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service

1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act (NASA) is established

Gone on this day:

1741 Antonio Vivaldi, Italian violinist, composer

1968 Otto Hahn, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

2004 Francis Crick, English biologist, biophysicist, neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate

2016 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90