Scientific Discoveries of the 1960's

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  • First laser

    First laser
    Physicist Theodore Maiman uses a synthetic-ruby crystal to create the first laser.
  • First human in Space

    First human in Space
    Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft
  • Patent for vehicle safety belt

    Patent for vehicle safety belt
    Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin receives a U.S. patent for the three-point, lap-and-shoulder, vehicle safety belt. It's considered one of the most important and widespread safety innovations of all time.
  • First human kidney transplant

    First human kidney transplant
    Thomas Starzl , world-renowned transplant surgeon performed the first human liver transplant. He was a pioneer in kidney transplantation.
  • New Computer language introduced.

    New Computer language introduced.
    New Computer language. In the predawn hours of May Day, two professors at Dartmouth College run the first program in their new language, Basic.
  • First commercial communications satellite launched

    First commercial communications satellite launched
    Early Bird (Intelsat I) is launched into synchronous orbit. This is the world's first commercial communications satellite and "live via satellite" is born.
  • Hand held pocket calculator invented

    Hand held pocket calculator invented
    The hand-held pocket calculator was invented at Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI).
  • First human to human heart transplant

    First human to human heart transplant
    The first human-to-human heart transplant is performed. The operation is a success, but the patient dies after complications set in.
  • Computer mouse invented

    Computer mouse invented
    The invention of the computer mouse by Douglas Engelbart, an American inventor working at the Stanford Research Institute.This was taken as a very small discovery that was a part of a much larger project.
  • First manned moon landing

    First manned moon landing
    Apollo 11 was the first manned moon landing, touched down. The mission was able to gather physical samples of lunar rocks and soil for analysis back on Earth. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the moon.
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    Scientific Discoveries of the 1960's