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Scientists find oldest known evidence of beer making

An international archeological team discovered and tested residue from the mortars, which were used for beer making. They belonged to Natufians, a semi-nomadic culture from the east Mediterranean. The mortars were found near graveyard site called the Raqefet Cave, in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, Israel.

The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive

John Bull is a British-built railroad steam locomotive that operated in the United States. It became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it in 1981. Built by Robert Stephenson and Company, the John Bull was initially purchased by and operated for the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

Gemini 11 lands

Most important achievement of the mission was the first ever orbital rendezvous, although only with an Agena Target Vehicle. The crew used Agenas motor to reach a world record high-apogee earth orbit. They also created a small amount of artificial gravity by spinning the two spacecraft connected by a tether.

The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record

The F-86A set its first official world speed record of 671 miles per hour at Muroc Dry Lake flown by Major Richard L. Johnson, USAF. Five years later, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier, flying a "one-off" Canadian-built F-86 Sabre Mk 3, alongside Chuck Yeager.

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