History today


> 1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
> 1941 – Romanian authorities launch one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iai, resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews.
> 1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, the Soviet Union’s first nuclear power station, opens in Obninsk, near Moscow.
> 1971 – After only three years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham closes Fillmore East in New York, the “Church of Rock and Roll”.
> 1974 – U.S. president Richard Nixon visits the Soviet Union.
> 1982 – Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the final research and development flight mission, STS-4.
> 2007 – Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.
> 2013 – NASA launches the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, a space probe to observe the Sun.
> 2014 – At least fourteen people are killed when a Gas Authority of India Limited pipeline explodes in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India.