In 1879, Thomas Edison successfully tested a workable electric lamp. In 1967, following a peaceful demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial, thousands of antiwar protesters stormed the Pentagon, resulting in hundreds of arrests. In 1983, the meter was redefined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458th of a second.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), poet/essayist; Alfred Nobel (1833-96), explosives manufacturer; "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917-93), jazz musician; Celia Cruz (1924-2003), singer; "Whitey" Ford (1928- ), baseball player; Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- ), novelist; "Judge Judy" Sheindlin (1942- ), TV judge; Benjamin Netanyahu (1949- ), Israeli politician; Carrie Fisher (1956- ), actress/novelist; Kim Kardashian (1980- ), TV personality
In 1975, Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit a home run that glanced off the foul pole at Fenway in Boston, giving the Red Sox a 12th-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds in World Series Game 6.
Of the seven fundamental units of measure in the International System, only the kilogram is defined by a specific physical object: it is the mass of a platinum-iridium bar kept by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France.
"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next." – Ursula K. Le Guin
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