Today in history

1996 The Nintendo 64 is released in the US, selling half a million systems on the first day.
1995 US troops indicted on child rape charges in Japan.
1992 Magic Johnson announces his (short-lived) comeback.
1989 Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter DeBernardi become the first people in history to go over the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (and survive)
1989 A.A. Busch Jr (of Busch Beer fame) died.
1988 UN peacekeeping forces win the Nobel Peace prize.
1988 The first shuttle mission after the Challenger disaster is launched successfully.
1984 Prince has the number one single, album, and movie all at once, the first artist to do so since the Beatles.
1983 US Congress invokes the War Powers Act for the first time ever (to keep US troops in Lebanon).
1982 Seven people killed by cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules.
1978 Pope John Paul I died.
1977 Muhammad Ali beats Ernie Shavers and claims the heavyweight crown in the most watched prize-fight in history. (Also, this fight was the first to be officiated by a woman).
1977 Salyut 6 (Soviet space station) launched.
1973 Soyuz 12 (experimental Russian flight) returns to Earth.
1973 BME's Shannon Larratt born in Victoria, BC.
1963 The Rolling Stones start their first tour, opening for Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers.
1963 Les Claypool (of Primus) born.
1962 Canada launches its first orbiting satellite. Alouette 1 studies the ionosphere from 1000km up.
1957 Andrew Dice Clay (the “actor”) born.
1951 First color television broadcast of a football game.
1948 Bryant Gumble (the news host) born.
1943 Lech Walesa (Polish solidarity leader) born.
1940 First US merchant ship (the “Booker T Washington”) launched under a black captain (Hugh Mulzac).
1936 First use of radio in a US Presidential campaign.
1935 Jerry Lee Lewis (the musician) born.
1930 First Canadian football game played under lights, UBC vs. Hamilton.
1929 Bob Newhart (the actor) born.
1922 Canada declares that it is not automatically at war just because Britain is.
1901 Enrico Fermi (the physicist) is born.
1895 Louis Pasteur died.
1890 First pro-baseball game, in which NY beats Washington 4-2 in NYC.
1829 Scotland Yard formed in London, England.
1789 The United States officially establish a military.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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