Christopher Columbus reaches the coast of Hispaniola.
The culmination of his first adventure across the Atlantic made him the first recorded European to set foot in the Caribbean.
The natives received him and his men well, at least at first.
Later, inhabitants of present-day Dominican Republic attacked the crew with arrows. He managed to kidnap a handful of the attackers, though, and brought them back to Europe.
A small British boat discovers an American vessel at full sail near the Azores islands.
The American boat was called the Mary Celeste. It was completely stocked and in tip-top condition — but no one was on board.
The British crew boarded the Mary Celeste to find water in the hold and the lifeboat missing.
The captain, his family, and the 8 passengers were never found.
With ratification of the 21st amendment, the sale and transportation of alcohol was again legal in the United States.
For the previous 14 years, gangsters like Al Capone thrived on the bootlegging business.
Several states would remain dry for a couple decades. Mississippi remained a dry state until 1966.
Five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappear while flying over the Bermuda Triangle.
All of the pilots and their crews were never found. A Mariner flying boat was put into the air to search for the missing planes — it too disappeared, and is suspected to have exploded in mid-air.
A Navy investigation concluded that the planes ran out of fuel and the pilots ditched in the ocean.
The prototype of the Internet grows, with the expansion of the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency computer network. ARPANET for short.
The project linked what were called network nodes in Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah.
At first the computers only shared test messages to ensure that information could be shared between networks. From there, it expanded exponentially as more researches connected to this network of networks.
The same principles and technology now power the Internet.