This Day In History
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
On This Day

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Births

in 1646
John Flamsteed

Sir John Flamsteed was an English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal. He catalogued over 3000 stars
in 1883
Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a pioneering French fashion designer whose modernist thought, menswear-inspired fashions, and pursuit of expensive simplicity made her an important figure in 20th-century fashion. She was the founder of one of the most famous fashion brands, Chanel. Her extraordinary influence on fashion was such that she was the only person in the couturier field to be named on Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.
in 1916
Marie Wilson

Katherine Elisabeth Wilson, better known by her stage name, Marie Wilson, was an American radio, film, and television actress. She may have been remembered best as the title character in My Friend Irma.

Deaths

in 1662
Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.
in 1978
Max Mallowan

Sir Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan was a prominent British archaeologist, specialising in ancient Middle Eastern history, and the second husband of Dame Agatha Christie.
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