On this day: April 16

POSTED: 09:35 AM PDT Apr 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 15, 2016 

LSD's creator drops acid (accidentally) for the first time, Martin Luther King writes his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," The Rolling Stones release their debut album, and tragedy strikes Virginia Tech, all on this day.

OTD April 16 - Edward Lorenz
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2008: Mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz, a pioneer of chaos theory who coined the term "butterfly effect," dies of cancer at the age of 90 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lorenz, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was trying to explain why it is so hard to make good weather forecasts when he discovered chaos theory in 1961.


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