On this day in 1957 John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time. Lennon was scheduled to perform that day with his group the "Quarrey Men", and McCartney was introduced to him by a mutual acquaintance. McCartney was able to impress the older Lennon by playing a number of tunes on his guitar. Two weeks later the two would be in the same band together.
On this day in 1885 Louis Pasteur tested his newly invented rabies vaccine on a small boy who had been mauled by a rabid dog. It was the first time in recorded history that someone had survived rabies. Pasteur infected rabbits with rabies and dried out their infected nerve cells to create the vaccine.
On this day in 1994 Forrest Gump was released to critical acclaim. It would win Tom Hanks his second consecutive Oscar for best actor.
On this day in 1988 the worst oil rig disaster occurred in the North Sea when a 350 foot fire ball tore the rig to pieces, killing 167 of the 225 workers. No conclusive evidence for the explosion was ever found, but the company that owned the rig, Occidental Oil, was found negligent for its safety procedures in the wake of the disaster.