14 October 1947
|Col. Chuck Yeager and the X-1|
On this date in 1947...
Southern WWII fighter ace Chuck Yeager of Western Virginia was the first man to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 "Glamorous Glennis" named for his wife.
- 1936 - The first Social Security Board office opened in Austin, Texas and local office's took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.
- 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began when it was learned Soviet missiles capable of destroying most Southern cities were being installed in Cuba.
- 1964 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 1987 - 18 months old Jessica McClure fell down an abandoned well in Midland, Texas and was rescued after a 58 hour effort.
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