June 16

This Day in History

2002

Baigong Pipes Mystery Draws International Attention

On this day in 2002, the Baigong Pipes, a mysterious series of ancient pipe-like features embedded in rock on and near Mount Baigong near Delingha, China, were first reported in the Henan Great River … (more...)

1977

Rocket Man – Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun, brilliant, controversial, enigmatic, one time member of the German Nazi party, and aerospace engineer, died in the United States on 16 June 1977. Von Braun’s career was nothing … (more...)

1963

First woman in space

On June 16, 1963, aboard Vostok 6, Russian Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman to fly in space. From her capsule, the 26-year-old cosmonaut reported that all was going well to a Soviet … (more...)