Radium discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie: 21 December 1898 – This Day in History

On this day in 1898, having recently discovered polonium, future Nobel Prize winners Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the radioactive chemical element radium, a silvery white metal that would be used to treat cancer.

More Events on this day:

1988: Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, apparently because of a terrorist bombing; in 2003 the government of Libya accepted responsibility for the explosion and in 2004 agreed to compensate the families of the victims.

1968: Apollo 8 was launched from Cape Kennedy (Cape Canaveral) and eventually completed 10 lunar orbits.

1958: Charles de Gaulle was elected president of the French Fifth Republic.

1913: The New York World published the first modern crossword puzzle.

1864: General William Tecumseh Sherman captured Savannah, Georgia, during his “March to the Sea”¬†in the American Civil War.

1845: The Battle of Firoz Shah began between British and Sikh forces during the First Sikh War.

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily

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