This Day in History

First Item Scanned with a UPC Barcode

The first commercial scanning of an item with a Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode occurred on June 26, 1974, at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The item, a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum, marked the beginning of an era that would revolutionize the retail industry and consumer behavior. Barcodes dramatically improved the efficiency of checkout […]

Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth’s All-Time Home Run Record

Baseball legend Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record by hitting his 715th career home run during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, solidifying his place in baseball history. Aaron’s achievement, achieved amid racial prejudice and adversity, symbolizes perseverance, talent, and the enduring power of the sport to inspire and unite people.

The “Lucy” Fossil is Discovered

On November 24th, 1974, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson discovered the fossilized remains of a hominid in Ethiopia, famously named “Lucy.” This discovery provided crucial insights into human evolution.

“Rumble in the Jungle” 

In one of the most famous boxing matches of all time, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, in a bout known as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Ali’s victory in this iconic match symbolized resilience and determination.

French Ambassador is Kidnapped in the Hague

3 members of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), a communist militant group that was formed in Lebanon, stormed the French Embassy in the Hague and took 10 hostages, including the French Ambassador.