 861 – The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed.

 1901 – Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

 1947 – Famed animator Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.

 1975 – In Iceland, 90% of women take part in a nation- al strike, refusing to work in protest of gender inequal- ity.

 2007 – Chang’e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, is launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

 2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their histo- ry, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

 2014 – The China National Space Administration launches an experimental lunar mission, Chang’e 5-T1, which will loop behind the Moon and return to Earth.

 2015 – A driver crashes into the Oklahoma State Homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring 34.

 2016 – A French surveillance aircraft flying to Libya crashes on takeoff in Malta, killing all five people on board.