November 12

This Day in History

1980

Voyager Flies Near Saturn

More than three years after its launch, the U.S. planetary probe Voyager 1 edges within 116,000 miles of Saturn, the second-largest planet in the solar system. The photos beamed 950 million miles back … (more...)

1935

"First" Lobotomy Performed

"On this day in 1935, in a Lisbon hospital, medical history was made, as the Portuguese neurologist Antonio Egas Moniz performed the first modern frontal lobotomy, known at the time as a leucotomy. … (more...)

1859

Leotard Performs First Flying Trapeze Act

"On this day in 1859, intrepid French acrobat Jules Leotard performed the first flying trapeze act in the Cirque Napoleon in Paris. Born in Toulouse, France, the son of a gymnastics instructor, … (more...)