1775: Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps - Semper Fi, and hoo-rah! 1861: Astronomer Robert Innes, who discovered Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, was born. 1885: The world's first motorcycle, designed by Gottlieb Daimler, made its debut. 1895: American aviation pioneer Jack Northrop was born. 1951: Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service in North America began with a call from Englewood, NJ to Alameda, CA using the newly implemented area codes. 1960: The Yankee Atomic Electric Company's plant at Rowe, MA, became the nation's first commercial nuclear power station to be connected to the grid. 1974: The discovery of the "charmed quark" was announced by MIT and Berkley. 1975: The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior. 1983: The first computer virus was demonstrated by Fred Cohen, a PhD candidate at USC. 1988: The Department of Energy selected Texas as the site for the Superconducting Super Collider, which, tragically, was cancelled in 1993. 1994: William Higinbotham, who invented the first video game, "Tennis for Two," died. 2003: The FCC approved the transfer of home numbers to cell phones.