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Elizabeth Howell

This date in science: Happy birthday, Harrison Schmitt

Born July 3, 1935, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt is the only trained scientist to have walked on the moon, so far.

This date in science: St. Lawrence Seaway opens

June 26, 1959 marked the official opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, inaugurating an overland water passage from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

This date in science: The man who designed the Brooklyn Bridge

John A. Roebling, whose birthday is today, designed the Brooklyn Bridge. But he never saw the bridge come to completion.

This date in science: Apple II launches the personal computer revolution

On June 5, 1977, the Apple II was released to great fanfare, boasting memory that is equivalent to a tiny modern image file.

This date in science: First space shuttle docking with ISS

On May 29, 1999, the Discovery space shuttle became the first to dock with ISS. But the first image of a shuttle docked with ISS took 12 more years.

This date in science: First woman to fly around the world

On April 17, 1964, Jerrie Mock touched down in Columbus, Ohio, capping a journey that lasted 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes.

This date in science: Co-discoverer of insulin is born

Charles Herbert Best, along with Frederick Banting, discovered a way to manage diabetes and help millions.

This date in science: Microchip is patented

On February, 6, 1959, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, filed a patent application for the integrated circuit, also known as a microchip

This date in science: Daguerreotype photography made public

On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre's daguerreotype photography process to the world.

This date in science: Apollo 17 returns with orange soil

On December 19, 1972, the Apollo 17 crew returned to Earth, completing the final manned moon mission. Their cargo included orange soil they unexpectedly found on the moon.