On this day in 1947 the first case of a computer bug was discovered. As it turns out it was actually a bug, a moth got itself lodged in a relay in the Mark II computer at Harvard University. When the programmers looked to find out why their new toy wasn't working they discovered the crispy critter.
On this day in 1942 a Japanese float plane dropped incendiary bombs on a rural mountain in Oregon. A small fire was started as a result of the only airborne bombing raid on the US mainland. Nobua Fujita put his name in the history books after launching from a submarine off the coast. As a result Franklin Roosevelt order a news blackout as to not panic the nation.
On this day in 1976 Mao Zedong died ending one of the most ruthless reigns in history. Mao was the leader of the communist party in the People's Republic of China from its inception in 1949. As a military leader, Mao was unmatched. He lead the revolution against the Chinese Nationalist until WWII when the Japanese took control of most of the country. After the war Mao continued his fight until the Nationalist were defeated. As a leader of his country Mao's policies were questionable at best. His "Great Leap Forward" was supposed to move China into the 20th century by moving farmers away from rural areas to the cities to work in factories. As a result millions died of starvation.