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1882 - Robert H. Goddard, known as the "Father of the Space Age", was born.

1902 - Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, was born.

1969 - A Cuban defector landed a Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. The plane entered U.S. air space and landed without being detected.

1989 - The Dalai Lama was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet.

1990 - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall opened.

1993 - China set off an underground nuclear explosion.

1998 - The U.S. paid $60 million for Russia's research time on the international space station to keep the cash-strapped Russian space agency afloat.

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