On this date in 1914, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War One.
On this date in 1975, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project had a N.A.S.A. Apollo spaceship dock with a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in Earth orbit. Two Cold War rivals ended their ‘space race’ and proved that high-flying, high-tech cooperation was possible.
The mission included separate and cooperative scientific experiments and provided useful experience for future joint work such as the Shuttle–Mir Program and the International Space Station.
President Obama’s wisdom on July 13, 2012: “… Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, that, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.”
On this date in 1979, the abandoned United States space station Skylab fell to Earth, breaking apart raining wreckage on the Indian Ocean and Australia.