February 18 1930 – Clyde Tombaugh Discovers Pluto

February 18 1930 – Clyde Tombaugh Discovers PlutoRate this post Looking over some photographic plates from the month before as part of his research into asteroids, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh noticed a peculiar object on February 18, 1930: the dwarf planet known today as Pluto. Part of a larger cloud of debris called the Kuiper belt, the small orb 4.6 billion miles from the sun has become a controversial figure in the scientific community. Tombaugh came to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona after demonstrating an expertise in the construction of telescopes, often building his own while passing time on the family farm in central Kansas. After gaining a position as […]

February 18 1954 – The Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles

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February 18 1954 – The Church of Scientology is established in Los AngelesRate this post L. Ron Hubbard established the first Church of Scientology in Los Angeles on February 18, 1954. Ever since, the religion has attracted a number of followers and has grown into a global institution. It also has its fair share of critics and whistleblowers. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology was born in 1911. Growing up, Hubbard took a keen interest in studying various classical systems of philosophy such as the ancient Greek religion and as the son of a naval officer traveled extensively across America, interacting closely with the natives of various regions. Hubbard […]