In 1958 – The first known radio broadcast from outer space was transmitted. US President Eisenhower spoke from a pre-recorded message aboard the Project SCORE experimental satellite. Redundancy paid off as the first recorder failed but the backup worked.
In 1972 – Apollo 17, the last manned lunar flight crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returned to Earth.
In 1999 – TIME Magazine announced Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon as its person of the year. The magazine cited online shopping and dot-com mania among the reasons.