Today in history, Edith Sampson (see picture below) becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations in 1950.
Today in history, The first balloon flight to exceed 100,000 feet takes off from Crosby, Minnesota in 1957.
Today in history, John Milton (see picture below) publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve in 1667.
Today in history, Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” in 1940.
Today in history, The USSR recovers 2 dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and returned alive (Sputnik 5) in 1960.