Britannica Reports This Day in History
On this day in 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov began a six-round match against Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer built by IBM, in which Kasparov claimed a 42 victory (though Deep Blue won a rematch the following year).
More Events on this day:
1990: The spacecraft Galileo flew past Venus on its way to Jupiter.
1962: U.S. airman Francis Gary Powers, captured pilot of the U-2 plane downed by the Soviet Union in 1960, was exchanged for jailed Soviet informant Rudolf Abel.
1846: The British conquered the Sikhs in northwestern India in the Battle of Sobraon, the most decisive engagement of the First Sikh War.
1837: Russian author Aleksandr Pushkin was killed in a duel defending his wife's honour.