2022
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ferried a US National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit.
The mission, NROL-87, is unfortunately highly classified, but it’s assumed that its payload was a spy satellite of some sort, given the NRO built it. This was the first time a Falcon 9 rocket was used for an NRO mission. Each NRO mission has its own custom-made patch, and NROL-87 was no different – this time, the patch featured a wild mountain goat on high alert atop the peak of a mountain.
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2022
Tesla recalled 54,000 of their Model S Sedans, Model 3 Sedans, Model Y SUVs, and X SUVs due to a software malfunction on their “Full Self Driving” feature.
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2019
Forty mummies were discovered and unearthed in Tuna el-Gebel, South Cairo, Egypt.
The mummies are believed to be from 323-30 BC.
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2009
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 1 debuted on Logo TV.
BeBe Zahara Benet won the contest snatching a cash prize of $20,000.
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2000
The Oxygen TV Network debuted on cable.
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1974
“The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand reached number one on the Billboard 100 charts.
This was Streisand’s first number one hit in the US. It was also Billboard’s No. 1 song and even won an Academy Award for Best Song in 1974.
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1952
The high-end fashion label Givenchy was presented for the first time in Paris, with the first model being Bettina Graziani.
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1935
A polygraph test was conducted by its inventor, Leonarde Keeler, for the first time.
While Keeler had already tested his invention out, this was the first time he used it to aid a criminal investigation. The two suspects who were tested later declared themselves guilty based on the evidence from the lie detector test.
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1928
The Great Fall River fire destroyed many businesses downtown in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Although no deaths occurred, five city blocks were completely destroyed. The fire is known as the worst seen in Fall River.
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1925
The first Sears retail store opened in Chicago.
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1913
Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City.
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1901
Queen Victoria’s funeral took place at St. George‚Äôs Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.
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1852
London opened the world’s first public flushing toilets.
The toilet was located at 95 Fleet Street.
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1709
Captain William Dampier rescued British Sailor Alexander Selkirk after 52 months of being left on an island.
Selkirk’s story inspired Daniel Defoe to write “Robinson Crusoe.”
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