Today in history, Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment in 1692.
Today in history, The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, a rooster, and a duck in 1783.
Today in history, The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Strasbourg and Basel, in Europe in 1841.
Today in history, The first documented emoticons, 🙂 and :-(, are posted on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman (see picture below) in 1982.
Today in history, German hikers near the Austria-Italy border discover the naturally preserved mummy of a man from about 3,300 BC; Europe’s oldest natural human mummy, he is dubbed Otzi the Iceman because his lower half was encased in ice in 1991.
Today in history, Ferdinand Magellan embarks from Spain on a voyage to circumnavigate the world in 1519.
Today in history, Packet and Daily, the first daily publication in America, appears on the streets in 1784.
Today in history, Scientists confirm that DNA holds hereditary data in 1952.
Today in history, In a pro tennis bout dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes,” Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs (see picture below) at the Houston Astrodome in Texas in 1973.
Today in history, US Pres. George W. Bush (see picture below), addressing a joint session of Congress, declares a “war on terror” in 2001.