TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS -

In 1953, the Soviet Union con­ducted its first hy­dro­gen bomb test.

In 1960, the first bal­loon satel­lite, the “Echo One,” was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral.

In 1961, East Ger­many sealed off the bor­der be­tween east­ern and western sec­tors of Ber­lin with barbed wire and bar­ri­cades.

In 1964, Ian Flem­ing, the pop­u­lar nov­el­ist and cre­ator of “James Bond,” died.

In 1972, the United States ended its ground com­bat role in Viet­nam with the with­drawal of the last U.S. unit.

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