Friday, 20 July 2012

Happy Birthday to you!!

Besides 20th July being the 201st day in the year and being pretty much the height of summer, some pretty cool science events also occurred on this very day. Some were on Earth, whilst others were not, and so Explorers, it is a happy birthday to these events and people today!

1822
Happy 190th Birthday Gregor! Gregor Mendel is the father of modern day genetics, he discovered the laws of inheritance using pea plants, when he was living as a monk in a monastery. Thanks to Gregor's beady eyes in charting colour and height of the plants we now use his laws in constructing inheritance charts for dihybrid (9:3:3:1) and monohybrid (3:1) inheritance.

1903
The American car company Ford begins to produce and ship its first ever cars. Though this small company would grow up into becoming the large corporate brand that we instantly recognise today, in its infancy it only produced a few cars a day. Which I guess, isn't that bad considering the machinery used was not as advanced as the technology we have at our fingertips today.

1969
Apollo 11 landed on the moon successfully, with humans on board (Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin). There was a third crew member Michael Collins, however he did not descend to the moon and remained in orbit, which is pretty sad, as most people hardly name him as being on board as he didn't take "a step for mankind". Having documented their journey and firmly planting an American flag on the moon, a haze of controversy still hangs like an asteroid belt about whether the pair were in fact on the moon or in some other secret area.

So close your eyes and make a birthday wish (on behalf of these events) !

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