The founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu is generally attributed to this date.
BBC Television produces the world’s first science fiction television program, an abridged adaptation of Karel Capek’s play Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.). It is this play from which the word “robot” was originally coined.
Lise Meitner and her nephew, Otto Fritsch, publish a theoretical paper which used the term “nuclear fission” for the first time ever in the journal Nature.
The Lockheed P-38 makes a record-setting flight between California and New York in seven hours and two minutes.
The largest light bulb in history, rated at 75,000 watts, is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Edison’s first light bulb. The bulb is 3½ feet high and about 2 feet in diameter. In January 1879, built his first high resistance, incandescent electric light, with thin platinum filament in a glass vacuum bulb. It only burns for only a few hours before burning out. It was this initial success that started him testing the thousands of substances that would eventually lead him to discover of the carbon filament which would become standard for all incandescent light bulbs.
The RAND Corporation takes the Johnniac Open Shop System (JOSS) out of service. JOSS is a conversational time-sharing service that eases the bottleneck experienced by programmers in a batch environment, in which long delays between sending information to the computer and receiving the results occur.
The University of Tokyo’s Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science launches the first Japanese satellite, Osumi 5, is launched aboard a Lambda-4 rocket from the Kagoshima Space Center on the Osumi peninsula, making Japan the fourth country to put a satellite into Earth orbit.
According to Twin Galaxies, Michael Ward scores a record-setting 8,692,035 points playing the Midway Games game Satan’s Hollow at the Odyssey arcade in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit the official Twin Galaxies website.
According to Twin Galaxies, Todd Mayberry scores a record-setting 369,731 points playing the Gottlieb game Reactor at Mack’s Gold Mine arcade in Kennett, Missouri. Visit the official Twin Galaxies website.
A Taipei, Taiwan district criminal court dismisses allegations made by Apple Computer that Golden Formosa Microcomputer and Sunrise Computer Service produced and sold bootlegged Apple software products.
The fourth mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger becomes the first shuttle to land on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is the tenth NASA shuttle mission.
Digital Equipment announces that it has ceased production of Rainbow computers.
Version 0.02 of RemoteAccess BBS is released.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Clues” first airs. (No. 414) In it, the crew is knocked unconscious when the Enterprise passes through a wormhole, but as time passes, the seemingly innocuous explanation given by Data comes into question. Memory Alpha entry
Version 1.1 of the Line Mode Browser is released via FTP. The first version of the line-mode browser was written in 1990 by Nicola Pellow, who was working as an intern at CERN after Tim Berners-Lee had already written the first browser, WorldWideWeb, but that program only worked on NeXT computers, which held a very limited share of the computer market. Berners-Lee recruited Pellow to write a browser so basic that it could run on any computer in existence at the time. The name “line-mode browser” is derived from that fact that, in order to ensure compatibility with the earliest computer terminals, such as Teletype machines, the program only displayed text one line at a time.
Midway Games releases Mortal Kombat Version 4.0 to arcades in the US.
Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, wins the second of six games against “Deep Blue,” a computer capable of “seeing” between fifty to one hundred billion chess positions every three minutes. Kasparov will ultimately win the match with two wins, one loss, and three draws.
NASA launches the Space Shuttle Discovery on its second mission to make upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope. (STS-82) The crew will make a record-setting five extravehicular activities (EVAs) to repair the orbiting telescope. Repairs will include the replacement of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS).
The website www.odi.com.pl in Poland is hacked by the “TPSA team”.
Per Lidén releases version 0.5.3 of the CRUX operating system. CRUX is a lightweight Linux distribution optimized for i686 systems, specifically designed for experienced Linux users. Visit the system’s official website.
Asymmetric Publications releases the turn-based comedy roleplaying game Kingdom of Loathing for web browsers. The game is known for its use of hand-drawn stick figure characters. Visit the official Kingdom of Loathing website.
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) releases the fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuest Online Adventures for the PlayStation 2. Visit the game’s official website. ESRB: Teen (T)
The Star Trek: Enterprise episode “The Aenar” first airs. (No. 414) In it, Archer visits Shran’s home world to meet with the Aenar in an attempt to determine their part in a Romulan plot. Memory Alpha entry
An unnamed fourteen year old is sentenced to three years probation and three hundred hours of community service by Chief Judge Robert S. Lasnik for releasing a computer worm in August 2003 that attacked the same vulnerability in computer software as the Blaster worm did in August of 2003. The juvenile directed computers infected with the RPCSDBOT worm to launch a distributed denial of service (DoS) attack against Microsoft’s main website, crashing the site for approximately four hours.