History today

HISTORY TODAY

> 1844 – The last pair of great auks is killed.
> 1886 – Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the first purpose-built automobile.
> 1886 – The New-York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.
> 1938 – World speed record for a steam locomotive is set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 125.88 miles per hour (202.58 km/h).
> 1952 – The SS United States sets sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton. During the voyage, the ship takes the Blue Riband away from the RMS Queen Mary.
> 1962 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
> 1988 – The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus.
> 1996 – Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland.
> 2013 – Egyptian coup d’état: President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi is overthrown by the military after four days of protests all over the country calling for Morsi’s resignation, to which he did not respond. President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour is declared acting president.