On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1905: French Dufaux brothers test helicopter.
 
On this Day in History in 1896: Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens).
 
On this Day in History in 1892: George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter.
 
On this Day in History in 1877: Catcher’s mask 1st used in a baseball game.
 
On this Day in History in 1961: Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.
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Riddle of the Day

Yesterday’s Riddle Answer: Stable.
 
Riddle of the Day: My 1st brother studies aerodynamics, my 2nd brother builds different engines. My 3rd brother is an illustrator, and my fourth, as wise as an owl. About me? I am unanimous to whatever you say! Find us all!

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 837: Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth.
 
On this Day in History in 1710: The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.
 
On this Day in History in 1930: The first synthetic rubber was produced.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1869: 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented.
 
On this Day in History in 1722: Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards.
 
On this Day in History in 1889: George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time.
 
On this Day in History in 1896: The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1722: Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
 
On this Day in History in 1974: World Trade Center, then the world’s tallest building, opens in New York at 110 stories.
 
On this Day in History in 1971: Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole.
 
On this Day in History in 1933: The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 239 B.C.E.: 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
 
On this Day in History in 1964: “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
 
On this Day in History in 1867: US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly).