The Pony Express begins, outlaw Jesse James is killed, the convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper dies in the electric chair, the Unabomber is captured, and Iowa legalizes gay marriage, all on this day.
1966: The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 10 becomes the first manmade object to orbit the moon. It had been launched from an Earth-orbiting platform on March 31, 1966, and completed its first lunar orbit in about three hours. The Luna 10 was battery powered, operated for 460 lunar orbits and made 219 active data radio transmissions before being shut down on May 30, 1966.
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