In 1900 – John F. Pickering of Haiti received a US patent for his design of an airship.
In 1962 – Following the USSR, the United States put its first man into orbit. John Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft to a successful conclusion of the mission.
In 1986 – A Soviet Proton launcher boosted the base block of the Mir space station into orbit.
In 2004 – Apple’s first iPod Mini arrived in Apple retail stores and online. It was the first size variation of the iPod.
In 2013 – Sony announced the PlayStation 4 without giving out price or even showing what the hardware would look like.
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