This Day in Geography: February 6

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Listed here are significant events relating to geography that occurred on February 6. To suggest an event, please fill out the ‘This Day in Geography’ form.


Death of Joseph Priestley (b. March 24, 1733). He was a member of the clergy, but was also heavily involved in scientific inquiry. Priestley is most commonly known for his discovery of oxygen. He created a series of iconic charts, the most popular of which depicted the lifespans of people in the form of bar charts. In 1769, his chart collection entitled A New Chart of History was an advanced version of a demographic chart collection.

A New Chart of History by Priestley, 1769.
A New Chart of History by Priestley, 1769.



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