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Souyuz 11 Disaster (1970)

posted Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Cosmonauts Alexei Leonov, Valeri Kubasov, and Pyotr Kolodin died of asphyxiation as their spacecraft was preparing to re-enter earth’s atmosphere. A ventilation valve was jostled into the open position when the descent module separated from the service module. The cabin depressurized rapidly and the crew was dead in less than a minute.

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Tunguska Event (1908)

posted Monday, 29 June 2015

A meteor or comet fragment exploded in the atmosphere near the Tunguska River in Siberia. The energy released was about 1000 times greater than the nuclear blast at Hiroshima, Japan.

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First retail use of a barcode (1974)

posted Friday, 26 June 2015

A customer at Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio, made the first purchase of a product with a barcode — a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum.

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Galileo renounces the heliocentric theory (1633)

posted Monday, 22 June 2015

I, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzio Galilei of Florence, seventy years of age … abandon completely the false opinion that the sun is the center of the world and does not move and the earth is not the center of the world and moves….

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Test 6: First Chinese thermonuclear weapon test (1967)

posted Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Date: 17 June 1967
Code name: Test 6
Type: two-stage fusion
Yield: 3.3 million tons of TNT
Location: Lop Nur, Xin Jiang

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Last Day of Analog Broadcast TV in the US (2009)

posted Friday, 12 June 2015

The DTV Delay Act of 2009 (S. 328) amended the original Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 (47 U.S.C. 309 note) so that the final transition date was switched from February 18 to June 13, 2009.

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She’s trained for an Off-World kick murder squad

posted Friday, 12 June 2015

N6FAB61216 Zhora
Replicant (F) Des: ZHORA
NEXUS 6 N6FAB61216
Incept Date: 12 JUNE, 2016
Func: Retrained (9 Feb., 2018) Polit. Homicide
Phys: LEV. A Ment: LEV. B
Bryant: This is Zhora. She’s trained for an Off-World kick murder squad. Talk about Beauty and the Beast – she’s both.

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Last communication from Lunokhod 2 (1973)

posted Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lunokhod 2 was the second robotic rover to land on the moon. It operated from January to June 1973 in the Sea of Serenity (Mare Serenitatis). Because it has a retroreflector array mounted on it, it’s location can be determined with sub-meter precision. Lunokhod 2 was sold by the Lavochkin Association to computer game entrepreneur Richard Garriott for $68,500 in 1993.

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Surveyor 1 lands on the moon (1966)

posted Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Surveyor 1 was the first lunar lander of the US space program. It lies in the Sea of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum).

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First electric railway demonstrated (1879)

posted Sunday, 31 May 2015

Designed by Werner Siemens, the first electric railway was a demonstration track laid down at the Berlin Industrial Show (Berliner Gewerbeausstellung) of 1879. The line was about 600 m long and was powered by a third rail between the tracks. The train carried 18 to 30 passengers depending on the number of cars and traveled at about 6 km/h (the pace of a brisk walk). Over 90,000 visitors rode the electric railway during the four month run of the show.

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