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Five Nobel Laureates Were Born (Plus 12 Other Things That Happened On This Date)

Let's take a look back at the fun, the fascinating, the smart, the courageous, and the flossy of this day, November 7, in history.

- The Ensisheim Meteorite struck a wheat field in Alsace, France, around noon in 1492. The meteorite is the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact.

- Cornelius J. Drebbel, the inventor of the first navigable submarine, died in 1633.

- The London Gazette, which is now the oldest surviving journal, was first published in 1665.

- William Stukeley, one of the founders of the field of archeology, was born in 1687; he went on to pioneer the archaeological investigation of Stonehenge.

- In 1805, Thomas Brassey, an English civil engineering contractor, was born. Not only was he responsible for building a large portion of the world's railways (including one third of the British railways and three-quarters of the French) in the 19th century, but he also played a role in the development of steamships, mines, locomotive factories, marine telegraphy, and water supply and sewage systems.

- The cofounder and first president of Cornell University, Andrew Dickson White, was born in 1832. He was also a member of Skull and Bones with his classmate, Daniel Coit Gilman, who became the first president of Johns Hopkins University.

elephant.jpg- Harper's Weekly in 1874 published a Thomas Nast cartoon which is now regarded as the first significant use of an elephant as a symbol for the Republican Party.

- Although Lise Meitner was really born on November 17, 1878, an accounting error led her to use November 7 as her birthday. She was a member of the team that discovered nuclear fission; Element 109, Meitnerium, is named in her honor.

- Alfred Russel Wallace died in 1913. While Wallace's name may not be familiar to many people, he independently proposed a theory of natural selection which prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own theory earlier than intended.

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- New York City's MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) first opened in 1929.

- In Tacoma, WA, the middle-section of "Galloping Gertie" (the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) collapsed in 1940, only four months after the bridge's completion.

- In 1944, Hannah Szenes was executed. She had parachuted into Yugoslavia during WWII as part of an attempt to save the Jews in Hungary, but was captured, though she never released any details of her mission to her captors. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel.

- Many Nobel Prize recipients were born on this day, including Maria Sklodowska-Curie (Physics; Chemistry), Konrad Zacharias Lorenze (Physiology or Medicine), Albert Camus (Literature), Eric Richard Kandel (Physiology or Medicine), and Andrew Michael Spence (Economics).

If you have any November 7th milestones to add to our list, let us know.

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Every New Movie, TV Series, and Special Coming to Netflix in May
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Netflix is making way for loads of laughs in its library in May, with a handful of original comedy specials (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Carol Burnett, Tig Notaro, and John Mulvaney will all be there), plus the long-awaited return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here’s every new movie, TV series, and special making its way to Netflix in May.

MAY 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

MAY 2

Jailbreak

MAY 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

Anon

Busted!: Season 1

Dear White People: Volume 2

End Game

Forgive Us Our Debts

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2

Manhunt

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1

MAY 5

Faces Places

MAY 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

MAY 8

Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

MAY 9

Dirty Girl

MAY 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5

The Kissing Booth

The Who Was? Show: Season 1

MAY 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

MAY 14

The Phantom of the Opera

MAY 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

MAY 16

89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

MAY 18

Cargo

Catching Feelings

Inspector Gadget: Season 4

MAY 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

MAY 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

MAY 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

MAY 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

MAY 23

Explained

MAY 24

Fauda: Season 2

Survivors Guide to Prison

MAY 25

Ibiza

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2

Trollhunters: Part 3

MAY 26

Sara's Notebook

MAY 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf

MAY 29

Disney·Pixar's Coco

MAY 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

MAY 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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