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On this date in history: 1903 – Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. Thomas Edison's movie company shoots the film "Electrocuting an Elephant" of the execution. 1958 – Sputnik 1 fell to Earth from orbit. 1959 – Luna 1 became the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon. 2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, landed successfully on Mars. Today's birthdays: Sir Isaac Newton (1643), English physicist and father of modern science. Jacob Grimm (1785), German scholar and author, with Wilhelm Carl Grimm, of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Wilhelm Beer (1797), German astronomer; made first map of moon. (30 articles)
created January 04, 2015
updated January 04, 2015