October 22

This Day in History

1975

First Photo From Another Planet

On this day in 1975, the USSR’s Venera 9 spacecraft descended through the thick Venusian atmosphere, released its parachute, and successfully landed on the surface of Venus. Two months later, it would … (more...)

1962

Cuban Missile Crisis

President John F. Kennedy announces on national television that military spy planes had discovered the existence of Soviet missile sites in Cuba. He ordered a naval blockade of Cuba and demanded the … (more...)

1905

A Star Discoverer Is Born

On this day in 1905, Karl Guthe Jansky was born in Norman, Oklahoma. He only had a fairly short life—dying on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, 1950—but nevertheless he had an enormous impact on our … (more...)