1959 – After 33.5 hours of flight, Luna 2 became the first human-made object to strike the moon.
2000 – Microsoft released Windows ME. The ME stood for Millenium Edition but deserving or not, would eventually become code for a bad or unnecessary OS update.
2001 – The Nintendo GameCube went on sale in Japan. It was the first Nintendo game console that did not use cartridges.
2015 – The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, LIGO, detected gravitational waves of two merging black holes. It was the first direct observation of gravitational waves.
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