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Launch - Historical Events
Date Event
1783-06-04

Montgolfier brothers launch 1st hot-air balloon (unmanned)

1820-05-11

Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.

1896-05-06

Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine.

1900-07-16

Russia launch an offensive against the Chinese in Manchuria

1903-05-22

Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic.

1915-05-06

The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles

1915-06-23

Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste

1915-07-15

The Austro-German forces launch an offensive along the Eastern Front

1916-04-24

Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance

1916-09-07

Giants beat Brooklyn 4-1, to launch NY's record 26-game winning streak

1918-07-18

US & French forces launch Aisne-Marne offensive in WW I

1918-09-12

During WW I, US forces launch an attack on German-occupied St Mihiel

1923-05-23

Launch of Belgium's SABENA airline: first flight from Brussels to Lympne, England

1939-07-09

A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa

1941-10-02

Germans launch attack on Moscow

1942-06-13

1st V-2 rocket launch, Peenemunde, Germany; reached 1.3 km

1942-10-03

Launch of 1st A-4/V-2 rocket to altitude of 53 miles (85 km)

1942-10-08

Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

1944-02-07

Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio Italy

1945-10-11

JPL WAC Corporal Launch (1st Man-Made Object to escape Atmosphere)

1946-04-16

1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt

1948-12-28

US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite

1950-07-24

V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral

1955-05-31

Construction begins on Soviet cosmodrome launch facilities

1957-10-23

First test firing of Vanguard satellite launch vehicle, TV-3

1957-12-06

1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up

1959-02-28

Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit

1960-05-13

1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed

1960-05-14

USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule

1960-10-24

Disaster on USSR (Baikonoer) launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash

1960-11-12

Mercury-Redstone 1 test launch fails at 10 cm altitude

1961-04-25

Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad

1961-06-29

Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)

1961-07-21

Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom

1961-10-26

First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle

1961-10-27

1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test

1962-03-07

Launch of OSO 1, 1st astronomy satellite (solar flare data)

1962-04-26

Ariel 1 Launch (1st UK Satellite)

1962-04-26

US/UK launch Ariel; 1st international payload

1962-05-08

1st Atlas Centaur Launch

1962-08-29

US U-2 flight sees SAM launch pads in Cuba

1962-09-29

Launch of Alouette 1, 1st Canadian satellite (on US Delta rocket)

1964-04-10

Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)

1964-06-30

Centaur 3 launch vehicle fails to make Earth orbit

1964-08-18

USSR launch 3 Kosmos satellites

1964-10-12

Launch of Voskhod 1, first 3 man crew (Komarov, Feokistov, Yegorov)

1965-04-23

Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite

1966-02-17

French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit

1966-02-22

Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew

1967-01-06

United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta.

1967-02-22

25,000 US & S Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against Viet Cong. Largest US airborne assult since WWII

1967-04-26

San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch)

1967-06-14

Mariner 5 Launch (Venus Flyby)

1967-10-30

USSR Kosmos 186 & 188 make 1st automatic docking & Venmera 13 launch

1968-08-11

Beatles launch "Apple Records" label

1968-09-15

Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry

1968-11-10

Launch of Zond 6, 2nd unmanned circumlunar & return flight

1969-03-27

Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars

1969-04-24

Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal

1970-09-12

Luna 16 Launch (Moon Sample Return)

1970-10-20

Zond 8 Launch (Moon Orbit & Return)

1971-09-30

Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal launch the [Ulster] Democratic Unionist Party

1973-04-02

Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.

1973-04-06

Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.

1974-02-11

Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails

1975-04-05

Soyuz 18A launch aborted short of orbit; cosmonauts return safely

1975-09-09

Viking 2 Mars probe launch

1976-05-15

The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks

1976-10-04

Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).

1978-06-21

The British Army shoot dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack

1980-03-18

Vostok rocket exploded on launch pad while being refueled, killing 50

1980-05-18

China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket

1980-12-29

Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A

1981-08-03

Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.

1981-08-26

Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission

1981-11-04

Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining

1982-02-16

Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad

1982-04-22

Launch of STS-3-Lousma & Fullerton [03/23]

1982-05-25

STS-4 vehicle moves to launch pad

1982-06-24

Soyuz T-6 Launch (USSR)

1982-06-27

STS-4 Launch (Columbia)

1982-09-21

STS-5 vehicle moves to launch pad

1982-11-30

STS-6 vehicle moves to launch pad

1983-05-26

Challenger moves to launch pad for STS-7

1983-08-02

STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad

1983-09-28

STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad

1983-11-08

STS-9 vehicle again moves to launch pad

1984-01-11

STS 41-B vehicle moves to launch pad

1984-03-19

STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad

1984-05-19

STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad

1984-06-09

NASA suffers a launch vehicle failure launching Intelsat 509

1984-06-25

STS 41-D launch attempt scrubbed because of computer problem

1984-08-09

STS 41-D vehicle again moves out to launch pad

1984-09-13

STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad

1984-10-23

STS 51-A launch vehicle moves to launch pad

1984-11-07

STS 51-A launch scrubbed because of high shear winds

1985-01-05

Discovery moves to launch pad for STS 51-C mission

1985-02-15

STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-03-28

STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-04-15

Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B missing

1985-06-04

STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-06-29

STS 51-F vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-07-12

STS 51-F launch scrubbed at T -3s because of main engine shutdown

1985-08-06

STS 51-I vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-08-18

Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)

1985-08-29

Atlantis moves to launch pad for 51-J mission

1985-10-16

Challenger vehicle moves to launch pad for STS 61A mission

1985-11-12

STS 61-B vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-12-01

STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad

1985-12-22

STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B

1987-05-15

1st Energiya Launch (USSR)

1987-07-04

Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

1988-10-29

First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)

1988-11-26

Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev & Jean-Loup Chretien launch

1988-11-26

Pioneer 6's closest approach to Earth since 1965 launch (1.87 M km)

1989-08-06

Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws

1992-06-07

EUVE Launch

1992-10-27

Fox is to launch Tuesday night network TV, rescheduled to Decemeber

1994-03-09

IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport

1995-05-01

Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.

1997-04-06

Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)

1997-05-05

Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful

1997-05-15

ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com

1997-05-20

Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed

1997-05-20

Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

1997-05-24

Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful

1997-06-07

Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed

1997-06-10

Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful

1997-06-25

Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch, Successful

1997-06-29

Progress M-35 Soyuz Launch (Russia)

1998-10-24

Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission

1998-10-29

ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.

2002-03-01

The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons).

2004-04-01

Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.

2005-07-26

Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.

2009-10-28

NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.

2010-12-08

With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

2011-02-24

Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

2012-04-13

North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch

2012-11-03

Syrian rebels launch a major assault on Taftanaz airbase

2012-11-16

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' grosses $500 million in 24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all time

2014-05-22

Royal Thai Armed Forces launch a coup d'état against the caretaker government of Thailand

2014-09-18

Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

2016-02-03

China Urges Restraint Over North Korea Rocket Launch

2016-02-03

South Korea Warns North Korea Not to Launch Satellite

2016-02-09

Japan's Parliament Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

2016-02-10

North Korea's Rocket Launch Frays Ties Between South Korea and China

2016-05-31

South Korea Says North Korea Missile Launch Likely Failed

2016-09-03

SpaceX assessing launch pad damage after explosion at Cape Canaveral

2017-02-12

Trump says US behind Japan '100 percent' after North Korea missile launch

2017-03-06

US detects North Korean missile launch, no threat to North America

2017-04-11

US, Mexico, Canada join to launch 2026 World Cup bid

2017-07-29

South Korea to deploy more THAAD units after North Korea ICBM launch

2017-08-29

Top US, S.Korean military officers pledge tough response to N.Korea missile launch

2017-12-11

Bitcoin futures surge past $17000 on launch day

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Launch - Birthdays
Date Event
1930-01-23

William R. Pogue, We're Go for Launch to Zero-g

1938-04-25

Roger Boisjoly, Challenger: Go for Launch

1943-01-27

Murray Martin, Launch

1956-03-11

Curtis L. Brown, Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch

1959-07-04

Stewart Skelton, Failure to Launch

1961-01-12

Tom Boyle, Launch

1963-02-12

Larry Gamell Jr., Failure to Launch

1963-12-05

Ilana Levine, Failure to Launch

1967-06-29

John Meindl, Failure to Launch

1969-07-22

Ai Komori, High Quality Video Prepare to Launch! The Pleasure of Pre-Cum Dribbling Blowjobs 320 Cum Shots in 16 Hours Vol.4

1970-9-09

Connor Alexander, Failure to Launch

1970-9-11

Lea Walker, Launch Night

1971-02-21

Sissy Schaefer, Launch

1972-07-28

Richard Newman, Launch Night

1975-07-28

Gretchen Cleevely, Failure to Launch

1975-07-30

Erica McIntosh, Failure to Launch

1975-08-11

Jasmin L. Bryant, Launch

1979-01-04

Lisa Huo, Launch Night

1980-02-25

Sezer Yurtseven, Launch Night

1981-03-15

Lily Koppel, Launch

1983-04-16

Mikey Dalton, Launch Night

1983-05-23

Danny Jamieson, Fresh Meat Launch Special

1983-08-17

Melinda Stolp, Fresh Meat Launch Special

1986-05-31

Rory Ammon, BB08 Launch Night

1986-11-11

Miho Ashina, High Quality Video Prepare to Launch! The Pleasure of Pre-Cum Dribbling Blowjobs 320 Cum Shots in 16 Hours Vol.4

1988-01-09

Glyn Wise, Launch Night

Launch - Deaths
Date Event
1993-07-18

Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin, Chief designer of Soviet launch pads, dies

2007-08-14

Murray Martin, Launch

2012-01-06

Roger Boisjoly, Challenger: Go for Launch

2014-03-03

William R. Pogue, We're Go for Launch to Zero-g


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