The Purple Heart is born, a comic legend dies, a man on a wire goes for a stroll a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan, and U.S. embassies in Africa are targeted in a terrorist attack, all on this day.
1959: Explorer 6 launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The small, spheroidal satellite was designed to study trapped radiation of various energies, galactic cosmic rays, geomagnetism, radio propagation in the upper atmosphere and the flux of micrometeorites. It also would transmit the first pictures of Earth from orbit.
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