On this day in 1843 the planet Neptune is discovered by Johann Galle at an observatory in Berlin, Germany. Neptune is the eighth, and last planet in our solar system (suck it Pluto). Astronomers knew of the existence of Neptune before seeing it because of the effects it had on the orbit of Uranus.
On this day in 1994 the Shawshank Redemption made its debut in movie theaters across the country. An uplifting tale of sodomy, suicide (there's a couple of them), pie, a river of shit smelling foulness, and a black guy named red.
On this day in 1999 NASA announces it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiting satellite. It was designed to observe different climate patterns on both the surface and atmosphere of the red planet, BUT the teams coordinating the orbit of the craft didn't check one simple step. It turns out one team used the US standard system for measurement and the other team used the metric system. Oops! I'll tell you what boy, that damned thing burnt up faster than a pack of cigs in a campfire! Whoo wee!
On this day in 1889 Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi. It produced handmade hanafuda cards. Yes, that's right, 100 years before YOU thought it was founded. Turns out the company survived the greater half of the twentieth century by being tied to several "niche" ventures including a taxi service and a Love Hotel. Yes, it IS what you think it is. Brings a whole new meaning to the Wii.