October 06

This Day in History

2007

Man Completes Earth’s First Human-Powered Circumnavigation

On this day in 2007—over 13 years after he first set off on 12 July 1994—the British explorer Jason Lewis completed Expedition 360, the first ever human-powered true circumnavigation of the globe. He … (more...)

1995

First Exoplanet Discovered

On this day in 1995, two Swiss astronomers discovered 51 Pegasi, the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet orbiting it, a breakthrough in astronomical research. For many years, … (more...)

1981

Sadat Assassinated

Muslim extremists assassinate Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat at a public military rally in Cairo. In an unprecedented move for an Arab leader, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat traveled to … (more...)