1639 An English astronomer and clergyman Jeremiah Horrocks becomes the first to observe the transit of Venus.
1959 Charles Darwin, a British naturalist publishes "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection." The theory of evolution hasn't escaped us since.
191 The Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation to commercially manufacture airplanes.
1959 The first episode of The Twilight Zone, "The Time Element" first airs on CBS.
1969 The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down thus ending the second manned mission to the moon.
1998 Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuts and crappy movies now become cool.