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• 1811 – Inventor John Stevens' boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey).

• 1852 – The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.

• 1902 – Birth Day Of Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian activist and politician (d. 1979)

• 1910 – Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert–St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri.

• 1942 – Birthday Of Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor, singer, and producer

• 1957 – Space Race: M.I.T. scientists calculate Sputnik 1's booster rocket's orbit.

• 1958 – Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).

• 1968 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard

• 1987 – Start of Operation Pawan by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka that killed thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians and hundreds of Tamil Tigers & Indian Army soldiers.

• 2000 – NASA launches STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery.

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