HISTORY TODAY

HISTORY TODAY

-1851 – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.
– 1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.
– 1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.
– 1945 – The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
– 1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first transistor radio.
– 1963 – Félicette, a black and white female Parisian stray cat, becomes the first cat launched into space.
– 1967 – The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
– 1991 – The Supreme Council of Azerbaijan adopts a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
– 2007 – Karachi bombing: A suicide attack on a motorcade carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto kills 139 and wounds 450 more. Bhutto herself is uninjured.
– 2019 – NASA Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch take part in the first all-female spacewalk when they venture out of the International Space Station to replace a power controller.