1452 – The first book is published in Mainz, Germany, using movable type on a printing press, Johannes Guttenberg's "Gutenberg Bible"
1659 – On this day in history Robinson Crusoe was ship wrecked on an Caribbean island, where he lived for over 27 years, which was later written about in the novel "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe, in 1719
1787 - The 1st US boat expedition around the world leaves Boston, Massachusetts, led by Robert Gray
1864 - The first African Americans are awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, for their service at New Market Heights
1882 - Today in History, the 1st hydroelectric power plant, designed by Thomas Edison, comes into service in Appleton, Wisconsin
1927 – Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run in a season, the first baseball player ever
1954 – On this day in history, the 1st nuclear powered submarine is commissioned, the USS Nautilus.
1968 – The first public unveiling of the Boeing 747 commercial jet
1994 – The launch of the STS-68(Endeavour) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida
2006 - Today in History, the collapse of a dam in Nigeria kills 40 people in Gusau.