October 04

This Day in History


Oldest High-Altitude Human Settlement Discovered

On this day in 2010, scientists working near Kokoda, Papua New Guinea uncovered the world's oldest known high altitude human settlement, estimated to be 49,000 years old. Their findings could hold … (more...)


Sputnik Launched

The Soviet Union fires the starting gun of the "space race" with its launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial Earth satellite. Soviet radio reported that the "artificial moon," which weighed … (more...)


The Orient Express’ Maiden Voyage

On this day in 1883, the Orient Express pulled out of Paris’s Gare de l’Est en route to Istanbul. It was the official maiden voyage of perhaps the most romanticised train route in the world. From … (more...)