A Historical Day

(1818) Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ is published
1818 English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, just 21 at the time, sees her debut novel, ‘Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus’ unleashed to an unsuspecting public. The work will be considered the first science-fiction novel and spawn countless adaptations..
(1918) Deadliest flu pandemic in recorded history begins
Hundreds of soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas, are sick with a virulent form of influenza, prompting the first reporting of the epidemic. The flu will go on to infect some 500 million people and kill between 50 million and 100 million, according to most estimates.. 1918
(1985) Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of USSR
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev is chosen to succeed Konstantin Chernenko as the General Secretary of the Communist Party and de facto leader of the USSR. He will usher in ‘glasnost’ (transparency) and ‘perestroika’ (restructuring), ultimately serving as the Soviet Union’s final leader before its dissolution..
(1989) ‘Cops’ premiere makes for arresting TV
Responding to a writer’s strike, TV producers look for unscripted fare to fill timeslots, and it pays off as the Fox network debuts ‘Cops.’ Great ratings, and a seemingly unending reality TV craze, will follow.. 1989