. On this day in 1845 – October 1st – English astronomer William Henry Mahoney Christie was born in Woolwich, London.
He served as Chief Assistant to George Biddell Airy at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich from 1870 to 1881, replacing Airy in 1881 to become the eighth Astronomer Royal of England, and remaining in office until retiring from the post in 1910.
. On this day in 1882 – October 5th – Robert Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fuelled rocket. Although he received little public support in his lifetime, he's now considered one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry.
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