On this day in 1632 scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.
In 1901 daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.
In 1939 nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.
And in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.
Quote of the Day
“Men are never so good or so bad as their opinions.”
Today is Luciano Berio’s birthday. From, and conducted by, Ronald Zollman.