Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, “Rembrandt” was born this day in 1606. He was a Dutch painter and etcher and is considered one of the greatest painters in European history and the most important in Dutch history.
Niels Henrik David Bohr, born October 7, 1885, was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. He developed the model of the atom with the nucleus at the center and electrons spinning around it, which he compared to the planets spinning around the sun.
Today the President of the United states turned 50 years old. He is the first African American to become President.
After 30-years of space travel, the NASA Space Shuttle program ended today. The space shuttle Atlantis touched down just after dawn this morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former shuttle commander, said NASA would continue its “grand tradition of exploration….Children who dream of being astronauts today may not fly on the space shuttle, but, one day, they may walk on Mars”.
On July, 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. As he stepped out of the lunar landing module, 240,000 miles from earth, he spoke these words that would become enshrined in our nation’s history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind“.
(On a side note, I watched the lunar landing with my good friend, David Garrett!)
On July 14, 1789, French Revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the British monarchy. The revolution resulted in King Louis XVI being overthrown and eventually executed. The French celebrate July 14 each year in an extravaganza that resembles our own Independence Day celebrations.
Today is E.B. White’s birthday, author of the famous book, “Charlotte’s Web”. Try your pig knowledge on a Charlotte’s Web quiz!