Rome burns, a famous gunslinger kills for the first time, Marilyn Monroe passes a big test, and The King's first single is released, all on this day.
1963: Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 347,800 feet on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 kilometers, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention, making Walker the first American civilian to make any spaceflight. He's seen here in 1958 before an earlier test flight.
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