On this day in science history: 19 June

From the days of ancient technology to modern science - find out what happened on this day in the history of science.

19th June 2017
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1623 - Blaise Pascal born

The French mathematician, physicist and prodigy Blaise Pascal laid the foundations for the modern theory of probabilities and formulated Pascal’s law of pressure. He also invented the syringe and the hydraulic press. 

Listen: Radio 4's In Our Time on Blaise Pascal

1963 - First woman in space returns to Earth

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Valentina Tereshkova © Universal History Archive/UIG/Getty Images

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova returns to Earth after spending three days in space. She was selected from more than 400 applicants to pilot the spacecraft Vostok 6.

Read: Famous space firsts you might have missed

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