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Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

On this day in 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous - and famously controversial- - novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain - the pen name of Samuel Clemens - first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck's story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was ... Read more >

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Pluto discovered

American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers Pluto, generally the most distant planet from the sun. The existence of an unknown ninth planet was first proposed by Percival Lowell, who theorized that it was responsible for the wobbles in Uranus' and Neptune's orbits. In 1930, using Powell's calculations as a guide, Tombaugh discovered the tiny planet. With a surface temperature below -200 Cel... Read more >

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J. Robert Oppenheimer dies

General Interest 1967 J. Robert Oppenheimer dies Share this: facebook twitter google+ PRINT CITE On February 18, 1967, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” dies in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 62. An expert in quantum theory and nuclear physics, he was enlisted into the fledgling U.S. atomic weapons program in 1941. In 1942, the “Manhattan Project,” as the pro... Read more >