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- 1740 Birth of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, co-inventor of the hot air balloon along with his brother Jacques-Étienne
- 1728 Birth of Johann Heinrich Lambert, known for his work on photometry and for inventing the first practical hygrometer
- 1882 Birth of James Franck, winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize for his experiments contributing to confirmation of the Bohr model of the atom
- 1951 Birth of Edward Witten, notable for his research in string theory and other areas of mathematical physics
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