1947 – The aircraft-carrier Midway became the first US vessel from which a long-range rocket was launched. The rocket had a mishap though, and exploded at 5,000 feet.
1954 – US President Eisenhower waved a ceremonial “neutron wand” over a neutron counter in Denver, Colorado, to signal a bulldozer in Shippingport, Pennsylvania to begin construction on the first commercial nuclear power plant. It was part of the “Atoms for Peace” program.
1997 – The USS Grace Murray Hopper, guided missile destroyer, was commissioned by the US Navy in San Francisco, named after the computer pioneer.
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