Post, who made the first round-the-world solo flight (15,596
miles) in his
Lockheed Vega 5B single-engine aircraft, was born. 1902: U.S.
Reed, after whom the Walter Reed Hospital is named, died. 1904:
The first direct current, variable speed, interpole
electric motor was patented by Mathias Pfatischer. 1907: American
Asaph Hall, who discovered and named the two moons of Mars Phobos
and Deimos, died. 1909: Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the
Wright Company, which would become a million-dollar corporation
for the commercial manufacture of airplanes. 1927: The first U.S.
patent for a
snowmobile "vehicle for snow travel" was issued to Carl Eliason.
1944: English astrophysicist
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington died. 1963:
President J.F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, TX. 1972:
The U.S. ended a 22-year
travel ban to China. 1988: The
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was first revealed to the public.
Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime
Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.