Although New York was the first state to require automobiles have license plates in 1901.
In April 1954, researchers at Bell Laboratories demonstrated the first practical silicon solar cell.
In 1960 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed by USS submarine Triton in 60 days, 21 hours.
On this day in history in 1962, NASA's Ranger 4 crash-landed on the moon, making it the first American spacecraft to reach the moon.
Pioneer 10 became the first human-made object to pass the orbit of Pluto in 1983, at that time considered the most distant planet from the sun.
NASA launches space vehicle S-211 on this day in 1988.