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Human Genome Draft Completed
2000 A historical landmark has been reached as scientists announce that they have completed a rough draft of the human genome.
Researchers across the world have worked for over a decade to decipher the biochemical instructions required to build and maintain the human body.
They have determined the exact sequence of the three billion individual chemical building blocks that make up DNA, the long, double-stranded molecule which is hidden in the nuclei of nearly all cells.
Even though the DNA code will require decades of further study, it will allow doctors to diagnose diseases much earlier, and help pharmaceutical companies design drugs tailored to individual patients.
1544 The Spanish conqueror of Peru, Francisco Pizarro, was attacked and killed in his house in Lima today.
His assassins were followers of a fellow adventurer, Diego de Almagro, with whom Pizarro had quarreled and whom he later had executed.
Pizarro’s conquest of Peru was funded by the Spanish emperor Charles V.
He will be remembered as a ruthless, greedy, and ambitious man who played a major part in crushing the fabled Inca Empire.
V&A Opens Its Doors
1909 The Victoria and Albert Museum opened its doors in southwest London today.
The history of this museum of Ornamental Art, moved from Marlborough House to its present site in South Kensington in 1857 to become part of a collective museum of science and art.
Today the science collection and the art collection have been formally separated and the new Victoria and Albert Museum now houses the art collection alone.
There are pictures, drawings, and objects of art of every description, with collections from all over the world including Japan, China, and Persia.
There is also a whole section devoted to Indian art.
India’s First World Cup Win
1939 Prolific British novelist Ford Madox Ford has died.
During his lifetime he wrote 80 or more novels, books of criticism, and memoirs, including The Good Soldiers and the tetralogy Parade’s End.
He founded the English Review and, in Paris, the Transatlantic Review, publishing the early works of Joyce and Pound.
JFK Charms The Socks Off Berlin
1963 A million and a quarter West Berliners turned out to give a tumultuous welcome to President Kennedy today.
It was a triumphant eight-hour tour during which the whole city was gripped by a frenzy of jubilation, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the days of Hitler.
Kennedy appeared confident and relaxed.
Addressing the 1,20,000 strong crowd in Rathaus Square, he declared, “Two thousand years ago the proudest boast in the world was ‘civis Romanus sum’.
Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘leh bin ein Berliner’.”
He concluded his speech by saying, “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ’leh bin ein Berliner’.“