On this day 375 years ago, perhaps the greatest physicist the world has known, Isaac Newton, was born. Widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, he invented his own calculus when he was 26 years old. An English mathematician, astronomer, and theologian, his book Principia, “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”, formulated our understanding of the mechanics of motion and gravity, which dominated scientists’ view of the physical universe for the next three centuries. This farmer’s son also built the first practical reflecting telescope, and made pathbreaking observations in optics, figuring out that white light is really made of multiple colors. WATCH a cool video… (1543)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Louis Braille, inventor of a reading system for the blind, was born in France (1809)
  • Burma gained its independence from the UK (1948)
  • US President Lyndon Johnson laid out his plans for “The Great Society” which included broad tax cuts, civil rights reforms and major spending for education, medical care, urban problems, and transportation (1965)
  • The Doors released their self-titled debut album “The Doors”, one of the most acclaimed LPs in all of popular music, which featured their breakthrough million-selling single, Light My Fire (1967)
  • Afghans approved a new constitution (2004)
  • The United States Congress elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history (2007)
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed a ban on persons with HIV from entering the country (2010)

Michael-Stipe-2015-on-stage-youtubeAnd, Happy Birthday to Michael Stipe, the visual artist and former lead singer of R.E.M, who turns 58 years old today. Since the band dissolved in 2011, the singer, songwriter, and visual artist has rarely appeared on stage. (1960)

Also, Happy Birthday to the author/historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who turns 75 years old today. (1943)

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