This Week In Science History, June 24-July 1 (SLIDESHOW)

06/25/2012 02:06 pm ET

Did you know you owe your teeth to a 15th Century emperor? This week marks significant strides in history for dental care, but that's not all.

The week also commemorates the first African-American astronaut—and it's not who you might think. Chemists synthesized one of the world's most important molecules for the first time, and a man made history while traveling the high seas.

What else does "This Week In Science History" hold? Check out the slideshow for all the landmark events.

This Week In Science History, June 24-July 1

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