October 5, 1958 – Astrophysicist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson is born in New York City. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and was at the forefront of the movement to “demote” Pluto from its status as a planet. He hosted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and update to Carl Sagan’s classic TV documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Tyson describes himself as an agnostic with respect to the world’s prevailing religions, but resists the one-word label of “atheist.”
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