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4/9 First US astronauts, ENIAC, and the inventor of the pill

NASA announces the first US astronauts (1959) 
On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced announced  Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton as the first United States astronauts.  Known as the Mercury Seven, the original astronauts were all experienced test pilots.  Today astronauts have a variety of backgrounds including schoolteachers, doctors, scientist, and engineers.

J. Presper Eckert, Jr. born (1919)
Eckert (1919 – 1995) was an American engineer who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania,  who worked out many of the technical issues with the first general purpose electronic computer.  Working  with John Mauchly, they invented the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), designed for the  United States Army to calculate ballistic trajectories.

Gregory Pincus born (1903)
Gregory Pincus (1903 – 1967)was an American biologist who produced the first in vitro fertilization in rabbits while an instructor at Harvard.  He left Harvard to continue his research on hormones at Clark University.  He is best known for co-developing the first oral contraceptive, commonly known as “the pill.”

Celebrating National Public Health Week April 4 – 10, 2011
During National Public Health Week 2011, the American Public Health Association (APHA) needs your help to educate Americans that “Safety is No Accident”. Together, we can help Americans live injury-free in all areas of life: at work, at home, at play, in your community and anywhere people are on the move. We all need to do our part to prevent injuries and violence in our communities. Join us as we work together to create a safer and healthier nation.

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