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Today in History:
1801: The first and largest asteroid. soon named Ceres, is discovered by Guiseppe Piazzi.
1863: The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect.
1896: Roentgen announces the discovery of X-rays.
1915: Just in time for New Year’s hangovers, aspirin is first offered in tablet form.
1942: The United Nations is created.
1946: The first general digital computer, ENIAC, is completed. With 18,000 vacuum tubes, 2,000 of which would have to be changed each month, it weighed 64,000 pounds and had to be re-programmed for every task.
1959: Castro overthrows Batista, setting up the plot for Godfather II.
1966: First health warnings are mandated on cigarette packages.
1989: The Montreal Protocol, regulating and restricting products harmful to the ozone layer, goes into effect.
Happy Birthday to:
1735: Paul Revere
1752: Betsy Ross
1894: Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian mathematician and physicist, who worked with Einstein to develop statistical quantum mechanics. Particles, such as photons, which obey such statistics were named bosons in his honor by Dirac.
1919: J.D. Salinger
2000: Kala Mileniume Kauvaka, of Tonga, first child born in the millenium.