The vacuum is invented, Ty Cobb makes his major-league debut, Bob Dylan releases "Highway 61 Revisited," and Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first black justice on the Supreme Court, all on this day.
1983: Guion S. Bluford Jr. becomes the first black American astronaut to travel in space, aboard the third flight of the space shuttle Challenger. This mission was also the first one to launch and land at night. By 1992, Bluford would have spent 688 hours on four space shuttle flights.
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