Britannica Reports This Day in History
Criticized for allowing the Soviet Union to launch the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth (Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957), U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation this day in 1958 that created NASA.
More Events on this day:
1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
1957: The International Atomic Energy Agency was created.
1913: Albania was formally recognized by the major European powers as an independent principality following the issuance of the Vlorë proclamation.
1890: Vincent van Gogh died in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, two days after shooting himself.
1872: Nathaniel P. Langford and James Stevenson made the first ascent of Grand Teton, the highest peak of the Teton Range in Wyoming.
1858: Townsend Harris persuaded the Japanese to sign the Harris Treaty, an agreement securing commercial and diplomatic privileges for the United States in Japan.
1588: The Spanish Armada, the great fleet sent by King Philip II of Spain to invade England, was first sighted by the English off Lizard Point, Cornwall.