A Historical Day

(1922) First diabetic patient to receive insulin

1922 Fourteen-year-old Leonard Thompson is injected with insulin, a new drug that saves diabetics’ lives. A Nobel Prize will go to the Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod, the researchers who developed the drug.


(1957) The Frisbee takes flight

1957 The toy company Wham-O has taken notice of a plastic flying disc invented by WWII veteran pilot Walter Morrison, who’s been selling his Pluto Platters on the beaches of Santa Monica, California. He sells the rights for the Pluto Platter to Wham-O, which soon changes its name to the Frisbee.


(1968) US Navy ship seized by North Korea

1968 The intelligence vessel USS Pueblo comes under fire and is captured by North Korean patrol boats off their coast. The 83 crewmembers will be held by the communist nation for 11 months.


(1973) President Nixon announces accord ending Vietnam War

1973 The Paris Peace Accords signed by his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the top North Vietnamese negotiator, Richard Nixon announces that a ceasefire will go into effect in 72 hours.

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