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On this day: August 1

POSTED: 08:47 PM PDT Jul 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 31, 2013 

Oxygen is discovered, Adolf Hitler presides over the opening of the Olympics, a new superhero is introduced, tragedy strikes the University of Texas, and a new all-music TV network debuts, all on this day.

OTD August 1 - Maria Mitchell
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1818: Maria Mitchell, the first professional woman astronomer and the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is born in Nantucket, Mass. In 1847, she used a telescope to discover a comet that became known as the "Miss Mitchell's Comet."


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