The first Social Security check is issued, America launches its first satellite into orbit, McDonald's comes to Moscow, and "Avatar" hits the $2 billion mark, all on this day.
1956: English author A. A. Milne, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems, dies at the age of 74 in Hartfield, East Sussex, England.
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