And on this day in HIStory:
- In 1735, the first opera presented in America, Flora, or Hob in the Well, was performed in present day Charleston, SC
- In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto - now designated a "dwarf planet" - was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.
- In 1977 the space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden "flight" above the Mojave Desert.
- In 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.