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1950

L. Ron Hubbard publishes ‘Dianetics’

On this day in 1950, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911-1986) publishes ‘Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health’. With this book, Hubbard introduced a branch of self-help psychology called Dianetics, which quickly caught on fire and, over time, morphed into a belief system boasting millions of subscribers: Scientology. Hubbard was already a prolific and frequently published writer by th... Read more >

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1962

MIT successfully bounce laser off the moon

Maybe Stanley Kubrick faked this as well? Lasers are brilliant. They can cut things. They can annoy cats. And they can really perk up any sci-fi films with a space bent. But perhaps their greatest quality is their ability to bounce off things. And the finest day in the long and exciting history of lasers bouncing off things occurred in 1962 when a team of earnest young men in slacks from MIT ma... Read more >