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Born on this Day in History: May 15, 1859 - French physicist Pierre Curie was of founding fathers of modern physics and is best known for being a pioneer in radioactive studies. He and his wife, Marie Curie, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. The curie, a unit of radioactivity, was named after Pierre Curie. Curie died in 1906 after being run over by a horse-drawn carriage in Paris.
On this Day in History: May 15, 1960 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik IV, a three-ton spacecraft containing a "dummy cosmonaut." The mission goes fine until they attempt to retrofire. A bug in the guidance system had pointed the capsule in the wrong direction, so instead of dropping into the atmosphere the satellite moves into a higher orbit.