Britannica Reports This Day in History
On this day in 2005, American adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the globe without refueling when he landed in Kansas after more than 67 hours in flight.
More Events on this day:
1934: American bank robber John Dillinger made a daring escape from prison at Crown Point, Indiana.
1923: The first issue of the American weekly newsmagazine Time was published.
1918: The second of two treaties of Brest-Litovsk concluded hostilities between the Central Powers and Soviet Russia during World War I.
1861: The Russian emperor Alexander II issued the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing the serfs from slavery.
1820: Henry Clay helped win passage of the Missouri Compromise, which divided the United States over the issue of slavery for years afterward.
1671: The Paris Opéra first opened, with a performance of Pomone by composer Robert Cambert.