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1981 MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video,"Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.
<1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson. Anderson receives the Nobel Physics prize in 1936.
1678 – Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
2007 – NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.
1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island)in New York Harbor.
1945 – World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the U.S. B-29 Enola Gay. 70,000 people are killed instantly, and tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.
1420 – Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.
2000 Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence and 5 years after being filmed by a dive team funded by novelist Clive Cussler.
1173 – Construction of the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa ) begins; it will take two centuries to complete.
1932 – A 5.1 kilograms chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands in Missouri, U.S.A.
3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.
1981 – The first IBM Personal Computer is released.
1913 – First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.
2003 - The largest power outage in decades sweeps across much of Ontario and the northeastern U.S.
1914 – The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.
1989 – A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market.
1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Maine, U.S.A.
1868 – French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.
1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre's photographic process is a gift "free to the world".
1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.
1888 – The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
1989 – The The first ring of Neptune is discovered.
1923 – Capt. Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.
2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet.
1894 – Kitasato Shibasaburo discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.
2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner , Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
1939 – First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft.
1789 – William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn.
1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.
1909 – Burgess Shale fossils are discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope , the first movie projector.