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2011: Torchwood: The Dead Of NightTorchwoodAmerican pay cable channel Starz premieres the 34th episode of Russell T. Davies' science fiction series Torchwood, with a season subtitle of Miracle Day. Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Wayne Knight (Jurassic Park, Seinfeld) guest star. More about Torchwood in the LogBook

2009: 2009 Doctor Who Comic-Con exclusivesDoctor Who action figuresBritish toymaker Character Options and American distributor Underground Toys release a wave of exclusive Doctor Who action figures at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. This wave includes the first action figures ever made of the Doctor's two earliest incarnations, as well as the first Cyberman design not from the current series. Rounding out the wave is the first action figure of any Doctor Who character in a costume specified by the Big Finish audio adventures. More about Doctor Who toys in ToyBox

2005: Battlestar Galactica: Valley Of DarknessBattlestar GalacticaSci-Fi channel airs the 15th episode of Ronald D. Moore's re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. Kate Vernon guest stars. More about Battlestar Galactica in the LogBook

1987: Soyuz TM-3Soyuz TM-3The Soviet Union launches Soyuz TM-3 on an eight-day mission into space which includes a visit to space station Mir. Cosmonauts Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Muhammed Faris (the latter of whom is the first Syrian space traveler) return to Earth at the end of the mission, along with Mir crew member Yuri Romanenko, while Alexander Viktorenko takes Romanenko's slot on Mir. In order to leave the newer vehicle docked to Mir as an escape craft, the Soyuz TM-3 crew returns aboard Soyuz TM-2.

1975: Micro-Soft BASICAltair 8800Having formed a company mere months before, Micro-Soft - in the persons of young Bill Gates and Paul Allen - make good on their sales pitch to develop a workable BASIC programming language for the Altair 8800 microcomputer. The manufacturer of the Altair, MITS, licenses Micro-Soft BASIC from Gates and Allen, who have put college and everything else on hold to move to Albuquerque to work with the company. Over the next few years, the newly-founded Micro-Soft will create versions of BASIC for other emerging computer systems, and will collide with the free-sharing ethos of computer hobbyist groups, resulting in some of the earliest accusations of computer software piracy.

1962: Mariner 1 launched and lostMariner 1NASA launches the JPL-built unmanned space probe Mariner 1, the first of two identical spacecraft intended to study the planet Venus. Mariner 1's mission, however, is cut short before it even leaves Earth's atmosphere: a communication loss between its Atlas-Agena booster rocket and ground-based control systems sends the rocket off course. Fearing that it might tumble into the Atlantic Ocean's heavily traveled shipping lanes, NASA orders the vehicle to self-destruct in mid-air. Many later accounts lay the blame at an error in the code loaded into the rocket's on-board guidance computer. Mariner 1's mission objectives are transferred to its identical twin, Mariner 2, due to be launched in just over a month.

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