(Seize the Day!)
My USAF radar shop
Airplanes and Rockets:
My personal hobby website
My daughter Sally's horse riding website
1927: Indian native Narinder Singh Kapany, "the father of fiber optics," was born. 1930: American astronaut Michael Collins (born in Rome), who piloted the Apollo 11 command module, was born. 1941: Mount Rushmore was completed, with carved heads of U.S. presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. 1941: The U.S. Navy destroyer "Reuben James" was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland (115 dead), even though the U.S. had not yet entered World War II. 1956: Rear Admiral George Dufek became the first person to land an airplane (R4D Skytrain Que Sera Sera) at the South Pole. 1992: The Vatican admitted erring in formally condemning Galileo Galilei for declaring scientific truths such as the Earth revolves around the sun, which the Roman Catholic Church long denounced as anti-scriptural heresy. 2005: Two new moons were found orbiting Pluto (back when it was a planet).