In 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks observed the first recorded transit of Venus (which occurs when Venus passes directly between the Sun and the Earth and is visible as a small black disc on the sun). In 1859, Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution by natural selection in The Origin of Species. In 1963, John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was fatally shot by Jack Ruby on live television.
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), U.S. president; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), painter; Scott Joplin (1868-1917), musician; Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), author; William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), columnist; Oscar Robertson (1938- ), basketball player; Pete Best (1941- ), drummer; Spider Robinson (1948- ), writer; Katherine Heigl (1978- ), actress; Sarah Hyland (1990- ), actress
In 1960, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors set a record that still stands by grabbing 55 rebounds in one game.
A moth with a 10-inch tongue was discovered in Madagascar in 1903, 41 years after Darwin predicted its existence.
"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry." – William F. Buckley Jr.
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