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Memorable days on January

January 19, 1817: a group of researchers founded the St. Petersburg Mineralogical Society (currently, the All-Russia Mineralogical Society).

January 19, 1961: geologists M.G. Ravich and B.I. Revnov found the first iron meteorite in the Droning Maud Land, Antarctica, named the Lazarev (M.A. Nazarov, 1999).

January 25, 1905: the Cullinan diamond of 3106 ct, the largest stone of the kind, was found in the Premier kimberlite pipe.

January 25, 1917: Richard Gaines, an outstanding American mineralogist was born (d. January 21, 1999). Mineral gainessite was named after him 9see also Miner. Rec., 1991, v. 30, p. 249250).

January 27, 1879: Pavel Petrovich Bazhov, an author of stories and legends about Uralian diggers and miners (the Stone Flower and other legends in the Malachite Case book) was born into a family of Uralian mining workers and lapidists (d. 1950). See www.bazhov.ru for his biography, photos, and stories.

January 29, 2001: the first meeting of the Gemologist Society occurred at the Geological Department of the Moscow State University, and the first issue of Vestnik Gemmologii [Gemological Herald] was published.

January 31, 1910: Academician Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov was born (d. 1988), a geologist and specialist in metallogeny and geology of ore deposits. Mineral vismirnovite is named in his honor.

January 1999: the first volume of Mineralogical Almanac, a new illustrated publication for mineralogists and collectors, was published (Gold: nuggets of Russia by Lyudmila S. Sher).

January February, 1970: Alexandra Rybochkina, Mikhail Nazarov, Alexander Evseev, and other students of the Moscow State University discovered a celestite occurrence near Shurab, North Tajikistan; that year and later many geodes with gypsum and celestite crystals has been found here.

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