Category: This Day in History

December 11, 1972 — Challenger, the Lunar Lander for Apollo 17, touched down on the Moon’s surface. It was the last time that men visited the Moon. Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan conducted the longest lunar

December 10, 1815 — English mathematician and computer scientist, Ada Lovelace, is born.

December 9, 1968 — Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as “The Mother of All Demos”, publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).

December 8, 1980 — Former Beatle John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City. 

December 7, 1972 — America’s last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 12:33 a.m. and took a historic photo of the Earth—The Blue Marble—that showed our “isolated blue planet.”

December 6, 1969 — The Rolling Stones staged a free rock concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, CA for some 300,000 fans. Eighteen-year old Meredith

December 5, 1955 — E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

December 4, 1978 — Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco’s first female mayor. 

December 3, 1964 — Police arrest over 700 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest of the UC Regents’ decision to forbid protests on UC property.

December 2, 1942 —During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

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