Asteroid 151 Abundantia was discovered on November 1st 1875 by Johann Palissa, at Pula (Croatia). It’s a stony main belt asteroid, about 45 km across, with a rotational period of approximately 19.7 hours.
The name Abundantia was chosen by Edmund Weiss, and refers to the Roman goddess of abundance and prosperity. As can be seen from the picture, she was one of several deities to be associated with the cornucopia.
1919 ⇒ Birth of Hermann Bondi, developer of the steady state theory with Fred Hoyle and Thomas Gold. Bondi was born in Austria, but became a British citizen in 1946. Why he would want to become a citizen of a country that had interred him as an enemy alien during World War II we shall probably never know, but it was a good move, as he went on to bacome a Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB) and master of Churchill College, Cambridge.
1962 ⇒ Launch of Mars 1 (also known as Sputnik 23) by the USSR. Communication was lost on March 21st 1963, when the probe was just over 66 million miles from Earth. It is now in orbit around the Sun.