London, England (JFK+50) Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Lady Diana Spencer thirty-three years ago today, July 29, 1981, in a lavish ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral here in London.
A television audience estimated at 750 million people watched the wedding around the world.
The service was a traditional Church of England ceremony conducted by the Most Reverend Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The royal couple would honeymoon aboard the royal yacht Britannia which would take them on an eleven day cruise in the Mediterranean..
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy placed a call by radio telephone from the White House 53 years ago today, July 29, 1961, to the Randolph to congratulate Air Force Captain Virgil "Gus" Grissom on his successful spaceflight.
The flight, aboard the Liberty Bell 7, lasted 15 minutes and 37 seconds.
NASA CREATED 56 YEARS AGO TODAY
The act, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, set up NASA as a civilian agency to operate the space program of the United States.
President John F. Kennedy would make the space effort an integral part of his New Frontier program and set the goal in 1961 to land a man on the moon before decade's end.
Dr. William H. Pickering^ and JFK
The agency, which began operations on October 1, 1958, was created in the aftermath of the October 4, 1957 launch of the world's first man-made satellite, Sputnik, by the Soviet Union.
Earlier, on January 1, 1958, the United States launched Explorer I, our 1st successful space satellite. Today NASA has a budget of $17.8 billion and more than 18,000 employees. It has directed the Apollo missions to the moon as well as Skylab, the Space Station and the Space Shuttle.
^William H. Pickering was Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.