Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was published.
Nellie Bly set out to beat Jules Verne’s fictional Phileas Fogg’s time of 80 days to travel around the world. She did it in 72.
The British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service.
Apollo 12, the second manned lunar expedition, was launched.
The U.S. federal government began a partial shut down of government services after the U.S. Congress could not pass a budget.
Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress.
The most distant object ever found in our solar system, named Sedna, was discovered by astronomers at the Mount Palomar Observatory.
1935–1999, King of Jordan.
inventor, engineer, and painter (1765)
first Prime Minister of India (1889)
First Lady (1896)
ex-Secretary General of the U.N. (1922)
composer and musician (1939)
Charles, Prince of Wales
heir to the British throne (1948)
government official (1954)