Saturday, August 18, 2012



1992:Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird retires after an illustrious career that included making the NBA All-Star team 12 times and being a crucial member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" at the Barcelona Olympics. Bird's retirement at age 35 is brought on by a chronic back condition; he would later become head coach of the Indiana Pacers.

1932: Although lacking much of the fanfare of Charles Lindbergh's eastward Atlantic crossing five years earlier, Scottish aviation pioneer Jim Mollison flies solo from Portmarnock, Ireland, in the first westward flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Mollison successfully lands his de Havilland Puss Moth airplane in New Brunswick, Canada.

1969: Jimi Hendrix closes the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., with an electrifying performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner," ending the iconic event that would symbolize the peace-loving ideals of a generation.

1920:Women's suffrage became guaranteed with the ratification of 19th amendment

1868:Helium is discovered by French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen

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