It happened on this day...
2014: Soyuz TMA-12M — Part of the 39th full-time crew of the International Space Station lifts off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard Soyuz TMA-12M. Aleksandr Skvortsov, Oleg Artemyev and Steven Swanson take up residence on the ISS for 169 days, becoming part of the Expedition 39 and 40 crews. This crew returns to Earth in September 2014 aboard the same vehicle.
2007: Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads, Part 2 — Sci-Fi Channel airs the 53rd episode of Ronald D. Moore's re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. Mark Sheppard guest stars. This episode concludes the third season; the fourth season doesn't premiere until over a year later. More about Battlestar Galactica in the LogBook
2005: Galactica: Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Pt. 1 — Sci-Fi channel airs 12th episode of Ronald D. Moore's re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. More about Battlestar Galactica in the LogBook
2005: Stargate Atlantis: The Siege, Part II — Sci-Fi Channel airs the 19th episode of Stargate Atlantis. Clayton Landey and Robert Davi guest star. This episode brings the first season to a close, continuing the "summer season / winter season" pattern already established by Stargate SG-1. More about Stargate Atlantis in theLogBook
2003: Afro-Celt Sound System: Seed — The fourth Afro-Celt Sound System album, Seed, is released, featuring the single "Rise Above It". More about music in 2003 in Music Reviews
1999: Red Dwarf: Pete, Part I — The 50th episode of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf airs on BBC 2. More about Red Dwarf in the LogBook
1999: Galileo and the strange chemistry of Europa — NASA scientists announce a startling find on one of Jupiter's moons: a chemical which must be manufactured on Earth occurs naturally on the surface of Europa. The Galileo orbiter detects naturally-occurring hydrogren peroxide on the surface of the icy moon (a surface which most planetary scientists now believe covers an ocean of water or "slush" just beneath the crust), probably caused by the constant bombardment of radiation-charged particles from Jupiter itself. The hydrogen peroxide on Europa is also found to be very short-lived, quickly breaking down into gaseous oxygen and hydrogen.
1998: Babylon 5: A Tragedy Of Telepaths — Cable channel TNT premieres the 98th episode of J. Michael Straczynski's science fiction series Babylon 5. Julie Caitlin Brown reprises her first-season role as Narn aide Na'Toth. More about Babylon 5 in the LogBook
1991: Star Trek: TNG: Identity Crisis — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 91st episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. More about Star Trek: The Next Generation in the LogBook
1985: Birdy soundtrack — Geffen Records releases Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the movie Birdy. Many of the album's tracks are instrumentals inspired by songs from Gabriel's existing solo albums. More about Peter Gabriel in Music Reviews
1981: Video Pinball — Atari releases Video Pinball as a cartridge for the Atari 2600. Though sharing the same name as an earlier Atari arcade game, the home edition is a somewhat more elaborate simultaion of pinball. More about Atari 2600 in Phosphor Dot Fossils
1977: Future Cop: The Mad Mad Bomber — ABC airs both parts of a two-part episode of Future Cop as its Friday night movie, starring Ernest Borgnine (McHale's Navy), Michael J. Shannon, and John Amos (Good Times). Albert Salmi and Gerrit Graham guest star. More about Future Cop in the LogBook
1975: Columbia under construction — Construction begins on Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicle 102 (OV-102 for short), the shuttle orbiter that NASA intends to launch as early as 1977. But OV-102 encounters the inherent pitfalls of being the first of its kind: years of delays are ahead, with many of the delays linked to the complicated system of protective thermal tiles designed to bear the brunt of the shuttle's punishing re-entry through the atmosphere. (The test orbiter, later named Enterprise, is never intended for spaceflight, so it only has to conform to the shape and weight of a returning shuttle for landing tests, and therefore it doesn't face the same hurdles.) OV-102's first flight won't take place until 1981, leaving a six-year gap between manned American spaceflights; during this period OV-102 will be named Columbia.
1972: Doctor Who: The Sea Devils, Part 5 — The 316th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Roger Delgado and Clive Morton guest star. This is the first appearance of the Sea Devils, identified here as an offshoot of the Silurian species. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media
1967: Doctor Who: The Macra Terror, Part 3 — The 155th episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. This episode is now missing from the BBC's archives. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media