TODAY IN HISTORY
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.