Fun Fact of the Day: The largest dwarf planet in the solar system is Pluto followed by Eris, Makemake, Haumea, with the smallest being Ceres. The order of the dwarf planets from closest to Sun outwards is Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, with Eris being the furthest from the Sun.
On this Day in History in 1803: Meteorites fall in L’Aigle, France.
On this Day in History in 1859: Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense used successfully in the US.
On this Day in History in 1514: Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn.
On this Day in History in 1862: Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Colorado.
On this Day in History in 1855: First train crosses Miss River’s first bridge, at Rock Island Illinois and Davenport Iowa.
On this Day in History in 753 B.C.E.: Romulus and Remus found Rome.
On this Day in History in 1998: Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.
On this Day in History in 1612: First observation of Neptune – Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realising it is a planet.