Today in history, Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1859.
Today in history, A mysterious explosion, possibly the result of a meteorite, levels thousands of trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia with a force approaching twenty megatons in 1908.
Today in history, Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With the Wind (see picture below), is published in 1936.
Today in history, John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley demonstrate their invention, the , for the first time in 1948.
Today in history, Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho (see picture below), opens in 1960.