Friday, August 24, 2012
TODAY IN HISTORY
1950:Chicago attorney Edith Sampson becomes the first African American to officially represent the U.S. in the United Nations, after being appointed as an alternate delegate to the General Assembly by President Harry S. Truman.
1932: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo, nonstop across the country. Earhart takes off in her Lockheed Vega monoplane from Los Angeles, beginning a transcontinental flight that ends 19 hours later in Newark, N.J.
1963: American athlete John Pennel is the first man to pole vault over 17 feet, using a fiberglass rather than wooden pole to out-vault his competitors at the Florida Gold Coast AAU meet in Coral Gables, Fla. Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka now holds the pole vaulting world record, set at 20 feet, 1.75 inches in July 1994.
1912:Alaska becomes US territory
1875:Captain Webb 1st swims English Channel
1456:Printing of the Gutenberg Bible
1891:The kinetoscope is patented by Thomas Edison.