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  • 12-3-1610

    Galileo dedicated his Sidereus nuncius to Grandduke Cosmos II. The treatise described Galileo's observations of our moon, Jupiter's moons, and other features of our solar system through his newly improved telescope.

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    Galileo Galilei
    Sidereus nuncius (Starry Messenger)
  • 12-3-1833

    Oberlin College, the first truly coeducational institution of higher education in the U.S., opened with 29 men and 15 women.

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    Oberlin College
  • 12-3-1924

    Birthdate of John Backus, inventor of FORTRAN, the first high level computer language. Backus developed FORTRAN early in his career at IBM.

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    John Backus

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