HISTORY TODAY

HISTORY TODAY

-1910 – Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person to be executed in Sweden.
– 1924 – Edwin Hubble’s discovery, that the Andromeda “nebula” is actually another island galaxy far outside our own Milky Way, is first published in The New York Times.
– 1963 – The BBC broadcasts An Unearthly Child (starring William Hartnell), the first episode of the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world’s longest running science fiction drama.
– 1971 – Representatives of the People’s Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.
– 1972 – The Soviet Union makes its final attempt at launching the N1 rocket.
– 1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.
– 1978 – Cyclone kills about 1,000 people in eastern Sri Lanka.
– 1985 – Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the aircraft, but 60 people die in the raid.
– 1992 – The first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
– 1996 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is hijacked, then crashes into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125.