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Columbus reaches the New World

After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in ... Read more >

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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy is Published

Space On The Bookshelf Don’t panic.

The two most important words in the galaxy. And the two words that were emblazoned across the back cover of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams beloved cult novel that was first published on this day in 1979. Based on the BBC Radio comedy of the same name, Hitchhikers was the first in a five book ‘trilogy’ that fo... Read more >

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First Oktoberfest

Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates. These famous public fields were named Theresienwiese—”Therese’s fields”—in honor of the crown princess; although locals have since abbreviated the n... Read more >

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USSR leads the space race

The Soviet Union launches Voskhod 1 into orbit around Earth, with cosmonauts Vladamir Komarov, Konstantin Feoktistov, and Boris Yegorov aboard. Voskhod 1 was the first spacecraft to carry a multi-person crew, and the two-day mission was also the first flight performed without space suits. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the U.S. space program consistently trailed the Soviet program in space ... Read more >