Tag Archives: 1977

What Happened – August 20

It was on this day in 1975 that NASA launched Viking 1. A little over a year later it became the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. It collected data and sent information back to Earth for over six years. … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 15

It was on this day in 1977 that Jerry Ehman noticed a radio signal that came from deep space. He was working as part of a project that was searching for extraterrestrial intelligence and was going over data from a radio telescope at … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 13

It was on this day in 1863 that the worst riots in American history exploded in New York City. A military draft (for the Civil War) had just started in the city the day before and emotions were ugly. Quite … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 5

It was on this day in 1989 that a man stood up to some Chinese tanks. There had been protests (mostly from students seeking economic reforms, but some people wanting democracy) in Tiananmen Square since the middle of April. The … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 25

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” It was on this day in 1977 that those words first appeared on movie screens. As one of the reviewers said, the flick was “good enough to convince the most … Continue reading

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