Louis XVI is guillotined, the first nuclear-powered submarine launches, the nation catches "Saturday Night Fever," and President Reagan's second inauguration heads indoors, all on this day.
1960: Little Joe 1B, a test of the Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Va., with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board. The Little Joe 1B flew to a height of 9.3 statute miles and a range of 11.7 miles out to sea. Miss Sam survived the eight minute, 35 second flight in good condition.
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