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X-rays discovered November 8, 1895. A form of high-energy electromagnetic radiation, X-rays were discovered by German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen, who produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays. He named it X-radiation to signify an unknown type of radiation. Spelling of X-ray(s) in the English language includes the variants x-ray(s), xray(s), and X ray(s). In many languages, X-radiation is referred to as Röntgen radiation. This achievement earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.
Yuri Gagarin Orbits The Earth-April 12, 1961 (was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, his nation's highest honor)
Zager and Evans “In the Year 2525” hits number one on Billboard Hot 100 – July 12, 1969. Zager and Evans was a US rock-pop duo of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They are best known for their No. 1 hit single "In the Year 2525", which earned them one-hit wonder status. "In the Year 2525" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969, ultimately claiming the top spot for six weeks. "2525" topped the charts at the time of two major cultural events: the first moon landing on July 20, 1969 and the Woodstock Music Festival a month later. The record sold over four million copies by 1970 and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in July 1969.
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British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck. On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France. The German death toll was more than 2,000
Civil War-1861-1865 (was a civil war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865, between the North and the South. The most studied and written about episode in U.S. history, the Civil War began primarily as a result of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people. War broke out in April 1861 when secessionist forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina shortly after Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The loyalists of the Union in the North, which also included some geographically western and southern states, proclaimed support for the Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States in the South, who advocated for states' rights to uphold slavery)
De Gaulle urges the US to get out of Vietnam – Sept. 1, 1966. In a speech before 100,000 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, President Charles de Gaulle of France denounced U.S. policy in Vietnam and urged the U.S. government to pull its troops out of Southeast Asia as the only way to ensure peace. However, de Gaulle conversed frequently with George Ball, United States President Lyndon Johnson's Under Secretary of State, and told Ball that he feared that the United States risked repeating France's tragic experience in Vietnam, which de Gaulle called "ce pays pourri" ("the rotten country").
Enola Gay Missions-Aug 6, 1945 (On 6 August 1945, during the final stages of World War II, it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named "Little Boy", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima, Japan, and caused the near-complete destruction of the city. Enola Gay participated in the second atomic attack as the weather reconnaissance aircraft for the primary target of Kokura. Clouds and drifting smoke resulted in a secondary target, Nagasaki, being bombed instead)
Federal legislation makes airbags mandatory – Sept. 1, 1998. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 required that all cars and light trucks sold in the United States to have air bags on both sides of the front seat.