As jets began flying higher and faster, the US Air Force became increasingly worried about the safety of its flight crew. Project Excelsior was initiated in 1958 to design a multi-stage parachute system that would allow a safe, controlled descent after a high-altitude ejection. In 1959 and 1960, Captain Joseph Kittinger made a series of high-altitude parachute jumps to test the new parachute system, setting three world records in the process. Which of Kittinger's records still stand?
Back in the day
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's major landmarks, connecting Sydney's central business district with the North Shore commercial and residential areas. Colloquially referred to as the "coat hanger" because of its arch-based design, it is the widest long-span bridge in the world and the largest steel arch bridge: the top of the bridge stands 134 m (440 ft) above the harbor. What happened at the bridge's ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1932?
Born on a day like today
Dinu Lipatti was a Romanian pianist whose career was tragically cut short by his death from Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 33. Despite a relatively short playing career and a relatively small recorded legacy, Lipatti is considered among the finest pianists of the 20th century. He was much admired for his pianistic technique, and he is particularly noted for his interpretations of Mozart, Bach, and Chopin. Lipatti is referenced in what landmark Japanese novel?