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Today in History [May 9]
  1. 1962: Red laser beam successfully bounced off the Moon's surface.
  2. 1941: English Army broke German spy codes (Enigma encryption).
  3. 1914: US President Wilson proclaimed the first "Mother's Day."
  4. 1265: Italian poet Dante Alighieri (Divine Comedy) born in Florence.


May 8 in History
  1. 1982: IBM releases DOS version 1.1 for 4MHz processors & 64KB RAM!
  2. 1975: Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias (Hero) was born.
  3. 1926: First flight over the North Pole by Byrd and pilot Floyd Bennett.
  4. 1912: Paramount Pictures (US oldest existing film studio) is founded.
  5. 1902: Mount Pelee erupts; wipes out St. Pierre (France), kills 30,000.

May 7 in History
  1. 1982: IBM releases DOS version 1.1 for 4MHz processors & 64KB RAM!
  2. 1952: The concept of the integrated circuit was first published (Dummer).
  3. 1718: New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.
  4. 1429: Wounded heroine Joan of Arc ended the Siege of Orleans.

May 6 in History
  1. 1960: Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act (penalties for obstructing voting.)
  2. 1889: Eiffel Tower (nicknamed "The Iron Lady") was completed in Paris.
  3. 1833: John Deere invented the steel plow in Grand Detour, Illinois.
  4. George Clooney, Tony Blair, Orson Welles and Sigmund Freud were born.

May 5 in History
  1. 1979: Voyager 1 passes Jupiter; discovers active volcanism on Io satellite.
  2. 1866: Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  3. 1818: Karl Marx, creator of International Communism Current, was born.

May 4 in History
  1. 1927: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the "Oscars") founded.
  2. 1886: Young Edison presents his phonograph, the "talking machine".
  3. 1626: Indians sell Manhattan Island for only $24 in cloth and buttons. LoL!

May 3 in History
  1. 1952: First landing by an airplane at the North Pole by Lt. Col. Pershing.
  2. 1933: James Brown "The Godfather of Soul" was born in South Carolina.
  3. 1802: Washington DC was officially incorporated as a city (209 yrs old).

May 2 in History
  1. 1983: A M6.7 earthquake injured 487 in Coalinga, California. No deaths.
  2. 1919: First US air transportation service for passengers service started.
  3. 1902: A Trip to The Moon - the first science fiction movie (b&w, silent).

May 1 in History
  1. 1978: Japanese Naomi Uemura, traveling by dog sled, reaches North Pole.
  2. 1963: James Whittaker became the first American to climb Mount Everest.
  3. 1931: Empire State Building opens in New York (built in 410 days).

April 30 in History
  1. 1961: K-19, the Soviet Union launch its first ballistic missile submarine.
  2. 1808: Italian Pellegrini Turri built the first working typewriter.
  3. 1803: US doubled in size by buying Louisiana (the Territory of Orleans).

April 29 in History
  1. 1986: Fire at the Central Library of Los Angeles destroys 400,000 books.
  2. 1813: Rubber was patented (more on corset girls - pics!).
  3. 1429: Heroine Joan of Arc lead Orleans (France) to victory over English.

April 28 in History
  1. 1937: First animated cartoon electric sign displayed in New York.
  2. 1914: The air conditioner is patented by W. H. Carrier.
  3. 1910: First flight at night by Claude Grahame-White, England.

April 27 in History
  1. 1981: Xerox PARC widely adopted the the first computer mouse (picture).
  2. 1960: First atomic submarine and the smallest, the Tullibee, was launched.
  3. 1931: 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) recorded in Hawaii.

April 26 in History
  1. 1986: The world's worst nuclear disaster occurs at Chernobyl, Ukraine.
  2. 1963: Martial artist and actor Jet Li (War, The One) was born in Beijing.
  3. 1514: Astronomer Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

April 25 in History
  1. 1956: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" topped the US charts.
  2. 1954: Bell Labs announces the first modern silicon solar cell.
  3. 1901: Auto license plates ($1 fee) are introduced in New York.

April 24 in History
  1. 1982: American pop-rock singer Kelly Clarkson (Because of You) was born.
  2. 1981: IBM introduced the personal computer; lead to popularization of PC.
  3. 1908: The Murdocks became first to travel across US by car (LA-NY in 32d).

April 23 in History
  1. 1992: McDonald opens its first fast-food restaurant in mainland China.
  2. 1984: AIDS virus was identified (a variant of a cancer virus HTLV-3).
  3. 1972: Apollo 16 astronauts were the last men to set foot on the Moon.
  4. 1965: First Soviet communications satellite (Molniya) launched in orbit.

April 22 in History
  1. 1991: Intel introduces the 486SX chip, a lower priced 486 chip.
  2. 1970: First Earth Day; a day of environmental education and activism.
  3. 1915: First military use of poison gas (chlorine) by Germany in WW I.

April 21 in History
  1. 1958: American actress Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) was born.
  2. 1948: First Polaroid camera (instant photography camera) was sold in US.
  3. 1878: First firehouse pole, in New York. The second floor was for sleeping.

April 20 in History
  1. 1992: Madonna, the "Material Girl", signed a $60 million contract!
  2. 1972: Sex symbol Carmen Electra was born. She is now is 39.
  3. 1926: Warner Bros. announces Vitaphone (adding sound to a film).

April 19 in History
  1. 1971: First manned orbiting laboratory (Almaz) commissioned by the USSR.
  2. 1933: Roosevelt signs E.O. 6102; gold as legal money no longer accepted.
  3. 1852: "California Historical Society" was founded.

April 18 in History
  1. 1955: 800 "Walk/Don't Walk" street lights installed in the US.
  2. 1950: First transatlantic jet passenger flight (England-Limestone, 10 hours).
  3. 1853: First train (steam engine) in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km, 1 hour).

April 17 in History
  1. 1986: IBM manufactures the first megabit chip (Model 3090).
  2. 1937: Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Petunia Pig are born.
  3. 1704: America's first newspaper was published in Boston by John Campbell.

April 16 in History
  1. 1972: Two giant pandas arrived in US from China as diplomatic gifts.
  2. 1900: US Post Office issues its first books of postage stamps.
  3. 1889: Charlie Chaplin, English comedian and filmmaker, was born.

April 15 in History
  1. 1912: Titanic sank at 2:27 AM in North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.
  2. 1877: First telephone company (Bell) founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
  3. 1861: Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by President Lincoln.

April 14 in History
  1. 1977: Sarah Michelle Gellar was born. You know, Buffy! Vampire Slayer?
  2. 1828: First edition of the American Noah Webster's dictionary published.
  3. 1818: US Army Medical Corps (non-combat specialty branch) formed.

April 13 in History
  1. 1928: First trans atlantic flight from Europe to US (with a JunkersMonoplane).
  2. 1860: First Pony Express (mail delivery) arrives in California from St. Joseph.
  3. 1796: The first elephant is brought in the United States from India.

April 12 in History
  1. 1961: Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space (« watch).
  2. 1844: The new Republic of Texas was annexed to the United States.
  3. 1654: England, Ireland and Scotland united (Union of The Crowns).

April 11 in History
  1. 1970: Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returned on April 17.
  2. 1954: According to True Knowledge Ltd., the most boring day since 1900.
  3. 1906: Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity. e=mc2.
  4. 1900: US Navy acquired its first submarine, designed by John Holland.

April 10 in History
  1. 1930: Synthetic rubber is first produced by DuPont scientists.
  2. 1912: The Titanic sets sail for New York City with 2,223 people on board.
  3. 1845: More than 1,000 buildings damaged by The Great Fire in Pittsburgh.

April 9 in History
  1. 1914: First full-length color film shown in London "World, Flesh and Devil".
  2. 1864: Battle of Pleasant Hill between Union and Confederate. 2870 died.

April 8 in History
  1. 1990: "Twin Peaks" TV drama, with Peggy Lipton, premieres on ABC.
  2. 1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 spacecraft launched with no plans for recovery.
  3. 1879: Milk was sold in glass bottles for the first time in the United States.
  4. 1766: First fire escape is patented: wicker basket on a pulley with a chain.

April 7 in History
  1. 1953: First non-stop transatlantic flight from West to East of a jet aircraft.
  2. 1927: TV signal is sent from Washington DC to New York over phone lines.
  3. 1827: John Walker, an English chemist, invents the wooden matches.

April 6 in History
  1. 1945: Bob Marley, the famous Jamaican Reggae singer, was born.
  2. 1909: American explorers R. Peary and M. Henson reached North Pole.
  3. 1906: First successful, fully animated cartoon is copyrighted in the US.
  4. 1869: First plastic (the Celluloid) is patented by John Wesley Hyatt.

April 5 in History
  1. 1987: Fox Network premieres the TV show "Married With Children".
  2. 1923: Firestone Co. put their inflatable tires into mass production.
  3. 1896: First modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.

April 4 in History
  1. 1972: First electric power plant garbage-fueled begins operating.
  2. 1905: Major earthquake in Kangra region, India, killed 20,000.
  3. 1850: City of Los Angeles was incorporated under American law.

April 3 in History
  1. 1980: Even in the 80s, US performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  2. 1965: First atomic powered spacecraft (SNAP) launched on Earth orbit.
  3. 1933: Westland Wallace became the 1st aircraft to fly over the Everest.

April 2 in History
  1. 1935: Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR (detects and locates aircrafts).
  2. 1921: Einstein lectures in New York on his new theory of relativity.
  3. 1902: First motion picture theater (Electric) opens in L.A. (10¢/hour).

April 1 in History
  1. 1891: Official opening of the London-Paris telephone system.
  2. 1793: Volcano Unsen in Japan erupts and kills 53,000. (more Japan News)
  3. 1748: Ruins of Pompeii discovered by a peasant digging in his vineyard.

March 30 in History
  1. 1956: USSR performs atmospheric nuclear tests. (Post apocalypse stories)
  2. 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly over the Atlantic.
  3. 1867: US bought Alaska (1,500,000 km2) from Russia for $7,200,000.

March 29 in History
  1. 1848: Niagara Falls stopped flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam.
  2. 1827: In Vienna 20,000 attended Ludwig von Beethovens burial.
  3. 1461: Battle "War of the Roses" near Towton Field. 33,000 casualties.

March 28 in History
  1. 1964 - Great Alaskan Earthquake (9.2) , 2nd largest earthquake in history.
  2. 1922 - First microfilm machine was invented.
  3. 1866 - Firs ambulance went into service in New York (Bellevue Hospital).

March 27 in History
  1. 1899 - First international radio transmission between England and France.
  2. 1884 - First long-distance telephone call from Boston to New York.
  3. 1841 - First steam fire engine tested in New York City.
  4. Today's Birthdays: Mariah Carey (1971) and Quentin Tarantino (1963)

March 26 in History
  1. 1973 - Annoying soap "Young & Restless" (over 9,000 episodes) premieres.
  2. 1885 - Eastman Film Co. produces the first commercial motion picture film.
  3. 1812 - Earthquake destroys almost entirely Caracas; about 20,000 die.

March 25 in History
  1. 1961 - Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit.
  2. 1807 - First railway passenger service began in England.
  3. 1669 - Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, killing 20,000.

March 24 in History
  1. 1874 - Harry Houdini, the great escape artist, was born.
  2. 1898 - First automobile was sold, the Pioneer Motor-Propelled Vehicle.
  3. 1930 - Planet Pluto was named after the Roman god of the Underworld.

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