May 09

This Day in History

2003

Japan Launches First Return Probe to Asteroid

On this day in 2003, Japan launched Hayabusa, the first spacecraft to probe an asteroid. It will soon return with samples from Itokawa, the first asteroid ever returned to Earth. 25143 Itokawa is … (more...)

1978

Aldo Moro found dead

On this day, terrorist kidnappers murder former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro and dump his body in Rome. Moro, considered by many to be the most capable politician in Italy after World War II, … (more...)

1783

Philidor Plays Three Chess Games Blindfolded

Most people who have ever taken to the chessboard will have an understanding of how complex and mentally demanding the game can be. Imagine then, playing a game of chess blindfolded; planning a … (more...)