Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Three Mile Island Accident

The Three Mile Island Accident

A clean-up crew working to remove radioactivecontamination at Three Mile Island. On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred in one of the two Three Mile Island nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The so-called Three Mile Island Accident was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant…
George Smith and the Epic of Gilgamesh

George Smith and the Epic of Gilgamesh

George Smith (1840-1876) from an engravingin The Illustrated London News, 1875 On March 26, 1840, English Assyriologist George Smith was born. Besides his pioneering work in Assyriology, he first discovered and translated the Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest-known written work of literature. Moreover, its description of a flood, strikingly similar…
The Deorbit of Russian Space Station MIR

The Deorbit of Russian Space Station MIR

Space Station MIR – shortly before deorbit On March 23, 2001, Soviet space station MIR after more than 10 years of operation reentered Earth’s atmosphere and crashed down in the Southern Pacific. MIR held the record for the largest artificial satellite orbiting the Earth until that record was surpassed by…
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