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Science and technology advance culture. New advances render old standards as history and ground-break research becomes an historic event.

Chernobyl Disaster (April 26, 1986) star
In 1979, TMI in Middletwon, PA, had a meltdown that released virtually no radiation into the atmosphere. Still, the government took precautions and evacuated the residents. In 1986, Chernobyl's reactor number 4 exploded, but nothing was really done about it. What caused the disaster?

First Test Tube Baby Born star
The very first test tube baby was born on this day in history, July 25, 1978. Louise Joy Brown had been the first successful birth conceived by in vitro fertilization.

Ganymede´s Discovery (January 13, 1610) star
During a time when disbelief in the ancient teachings of astronomy were punishable by death, Galileo Galilei dared to denounce the teachings of the Church and develop his own ideas and theories. His discoveries and inventions furthered modern astronomy, beginning with his discovery of Ganymede.

Hindenburg Disaster (May 6, 1937) star
The explosion of the Hindenburg was one of the greatest airship disasters of all time, though, it was not the worst one by far. What was the cause? Could it have been avoided? Just how bad was it?

Meltdown at TMI (March 28, 1979) star
The worst kind of nuclear accident--a meltdown--occurred at one of the nation´s leading nuclear facilities, Three Mile Island in Middletown, PA. What really happened that day and how did it change operations?

Remembering the Challenger (January 28, 1986) star
On January 28, 1986, five men and two women smiled and waved to cameras as the entered the Space Shuttle Challenger. Within two minutes after launch, however, their lives ended in a disaster that rocked the 1980´s.

Revisiting Roswell (July 8, 1947) star
Did aliens really crash down in Roswell, NM in July of 1947? What are the -real- facts of the Roswell case? Was it really a government cover-up? Or was the entire event staged by the government to fund UFO research?

Roller Coasters star
It was today in history that the very first roller coaster opened in an amusement park. June 16, 1884 in Coney Island, New York.

The Tunguska Event (June 30, 1908) star
At approximately 7:15am on June 30, 1908, a large explosion devastated vegetation in a 2,150 square kilometer area of the Tunguska River Basin. The blast was estimated to be between 10 and 15 megatons, yet no crater has been found. What caused this blast? What does the evidence say...

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