Telstar 1 launched: 10 July 1962 - This Day in History
Telstar 1, the first communications satellite to transmit live television signals and telephone conversations across the Atlantic Ocean, was launched this day in 1962, inaugurating a new age in electronic communications.
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1985: The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by two bomb explosions while berthed in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.
1973: The Bahamas gained independence from Britain within the Commonwealth.
1925: The Scopes Trial began in Dayton, Tennessee, with William Jennings Bryan arguing for the prosecution and Clarence Darrow for the defense.
1609: The Catholic League was formed by Maximilian I, duke of Bavaria, and the Catholic powers in Germany.
1584: William I, first of the hereditary stadtholders of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, was assassinated.
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