This Day In History
Sunday, December 16, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 1520

Ferdinand Magellan discovers a...
Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan. The Strait of Magellan comprises a navigable sea route immediately south of mainland South America and north of Tierra del Fuego. The waterway is the most important natural passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, but it is considered a difficult route to navigate because of the unpredictable winds and currents and the narrowness of the passage.
Magellan

in 1824

Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement. Portland cement (often referred to as OPC, from Ordinary Portland Cement) is the most common type of cement in general use around the world because it is a basic ingredient of concrete, mortar, stucco and most non-specialty grout.
cement, patent

in 1965

Comet Ikeya–Seki
Comet Ikeya–Seki
Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun. Comet Ikeya–Seki, formally designated C/1965 S1, 1965 VIII, and 1965f, was a long-period comet discovered independently by Kaoru Ikeya and Tsutomu Seki. First observed as a faint telescopic object on September 18, 1965, the first calculations of its orbit suggested that on October 21, it would pass just 450,000 km above the Sun's surface, and would probably become extremely bright.
comet

Births

in 1581
Domenico Zampieri

Domenico Zampieri was an Italian Baroque painter of the Bolognese School, or Carracci School, of painters.
in 1833
Alfred Nobel

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He is the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments.

Deaths

in 1872
Jacques Babinet

Jacques Babinet was a French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer who is best known for his contributions to optics.
in 2006
Sandy West

Sandy West was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and drummer. She was hailed by fans and critics alike to be a groundbreaking musician, as a drummer. She was one of the founding members of The Runaways, the very first teenage, all-girl hard rock band in the 1970s.
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