Do you enjoy learning new and interesting historical facts and trivia? Here are seven surprising stories from this date in history, August 7th.
- 1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, traveling from New York, New York to San Francisco, California in 59 days.
- 1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (also known as the Harvard Mark I).
- 1947 – Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, arrives in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 4,300-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean. Heyerdahl’s journey attempted to prove it was possible that pre-historic people could have traveled from South America to the Polynesian Islands.
- 1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.
- 1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation, replacing the "sheaves of wheat" design, and was minted until 2008.
- 1965 – The first “Reyes party” between Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang occurs at Kesey's property in La Honda, California, introducing psychedelic drugs to the gang world and forever linking the hippie movement to the Hell's Angels.
- 1987 – Lynne Cox becomes first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.
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