In 1770, Captain James Cook became the first European to see Australia. In 1902, Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium for the first time. In 1999, two students killed 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. In 2010, a gas explosion and fire killed 11 people on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning an oil spill that would not be capped for several months.
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator; Harold Lloyd (1893-1971), film comedian; Lionel Hampton (1908-2002), jazz musician; Jessica Lange (1949- ), actress; Luther Vandross (1951-2005), singer; Crispin Glover (1964- ), actor.
In 2008, Danica Patrick became the first woman auto racer to win an IndyCar race.
England sent criminals to Australia for forced labor and isolation from society well into the 19th century.
“Laughter is the universal language. It establishes a common identity among people—regardless of other differences. It is the sweetest sound in the whole world.” – Harold Lloyd