The deadliest earthquake in recorded history hits China, Duke Ellington plays Carnegie Hall, North Korea captures a U.S. Navy ship, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first class, all on this day.
2003: NASA receives the final, very weak signal from Pioneer 10, the robotic space probe that completed the first mission to the planet Jupiter, with the probe at a distance of 12 billion kilometers from Earth. Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to achieve escape velocity from the Solar System.
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