The Old Farmer's Almanac daily calendar gives you quick reference for the significant events on any day throughout the year.
1686: Fictional Robinson Crusoe left island after 28 years. Daniel Defoe's story is based on an actual person, Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, who was found on an island where he had been stranded for 52 months. (He was rescued on Feb. 1, 1709)
1871: Mark Twain received a patent for suspenders150 Years Ago
1958: The first known radio broadcast from outer space was transmitted when President Eisenhower's recorded voice issued a holiday greeting for the whole world from the Atlas satellite which was launched the previous day
1961: New transatlantic submarine cable, CANTAT-1, between Britain and Canada (first link in a proposed around-the-world Commonwealth system) is inaugurated by a telephone conversation between Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Diefenbaker of Canada