History today

HISTORY TODAY

> 1850 – Autocephaly officially granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Church of Greece.
> 1880 – France annexes Tahiti.
> 1927 – The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker tri-motor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii.
> 1956 – The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
> 1974 – Isabel PerĂ³n is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina.
> 1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
> 1976 – The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
> 1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, the Le Pont de Trinquetaille, was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.
> 1995 – Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.
> 2007 – Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.