This Month in Chemical History

Before July bids us adieu, I thought it might be fun to list some of the notable events this month in chemical history (after the jump). This list is by no means comprehensive. For more historical tidbits, visit Dr. Leopold May's Chemistry Calendar and ACS's This Week in Chemical History (there are lots of other sites, too, that I'll mention in a posting next month.) Birthdays: Events: July 1, 1959: First nuclear rocket engine successfully tested. July 3, 1826: Antoine-Jerome Balard announced discovery of bromine (Br, 35) to the Academie de Sciences, Paris. July 12, 1898: William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers discovered xenon (Xe, 54). July 31, 1790: The first U. S. patent for making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizers, soap, and gunpowder, awarded to Samuel Hopkins.

Author: Rachel Pepling

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