This Day In History For April 25, Hubble, W-2 and More

1990: Space telescope in orbit

The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from the de...

The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis, flying STS-125, HST Servicing Mission 4. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The crew of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-term space-based observatory, into a low orbit around Earth.

The space telescope, conceived in the 1940s, designed in the 1970s, and built in the1980s, was designed to give astronomers an unparalleled view of the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe. Initially, Hubble’s operators suffered a setback when a lens aberration was discovered, but a repair mission by space-walking astronauts in December 1993 successfully fixed the problem, and Hubble began sending back its first breathtaking images of the universe.

Free of atmospheric distortions, Hubble has a resolution 10 times that of ground-based observatories. About the size of a bus, the telescope is solar-powered and orbits Earth once every 97 minutes. Among its many astronomical achievements, Hubble has been used to record a comet’s collision with Jupiter, provide a direct look at the surface ofPluto, view distant galaxies, gas clouds, and black holes, and see billions of years into the universe’s past. From History.com

LITERARY Robinson Crusoe is published, 1719

MUSIC Ella Fitzgerald is born,1917

OLD WEST A play lionizing Davy Crockett opens, 1831

PRESIDENTIAL Truman inaugurates White House bowling alley, 1947

SPORTS Maple Leafs win third Stanley Cup in a row,1964

TODAY IN MICHIGAN HISTORY

1981
Louis Cramton is appointed to the Michigan Women’s Commission. A former state representative from Midland, Louis Cramton was appointed by Governor William G. Milliken to serve on the fifteen-member commission whose mission included overcoming gender discrimination and recognizing women’s accomplishments.
Source: Michigan History
1901
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 14-13 at Bennett Park in the first American league game ever played.
1959
The St. Lawrence Seaway opened. This 400-mile waterway connected Michigan to the Atlantic Ocean bringing trade and foreign marine species.
Source: Historical Society of Michigan

This Day in Wisconsin History

1864 – (Civil War) Battle of Marks’ Mill, Arkansas

1979 – UW Faculty Develop International Conference

1996 – W-2 (Wisconsin Works) Signed Into Law

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