1799 Napoleon Bonaparte captures

1926 China asks for a seat in the Security council

1946 France recognizes Vietnam statehood within Indo-Chinese

1947 XB-45, 1st US 4-engine jet bomber, makes 1st test flight,

1957 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK

1959 Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)

1981 Soyuz 39 returns to Earth federation Muroc, CA

1990 SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17