A Historical Day

(1850) Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’ is published
1850 Massachusetts native Nathaniel Hawthorne, having quit his job at the local customs house, sees his second novel published. The tale of adultery and redemption in Puritan America becomes an immediate bestseller. .
(1926) First successful liquid-fueled rocket test
The Space Age edges closer when scientist Robert Goddard sends a rocket propelled by gasoline and liquid oxygen 41 feet in the air for 2.5 seconds at his Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn, Massachusetts.. 1926
(1968) My Lai village massacre in Vietnam
1968 US Army soldiers use machine guns and grenade launchers to kill between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians, perpetrating what many will deem the worst atrocity by American forces in the war. .
(1985) Journalist Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
The chief Mideast correspondent for the Associated Press, Terry Anderson, is kidnapped off the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, and rushed away in the trunk of a car. He will remain a hostage of Hezbollah for nearly seven years. . 1985