1773 – The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.

1807 – Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die

1812 – 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez

1820 – Royal Astronomical Society founded in England

1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.

1896 – 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)

1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

1913 – After using other pseudonyms over the years, Josef Dzhugashvili signs himself as Stalin (‘man of steel) in a letter to the the paper, Social Democrat

1932 – Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

1950 – USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage

1970 – Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage

1986 – 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched

2005 – NASA launched “Deep Impact”. The spacecraft was planned to impact on Comet Tempel 1 after a six-month, 268 million-mile journey.