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The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus

Venera 4, also designated 1V (V-67) s/n 310 was a probe in the Soviet Venera program for the exploration of Venus. The probe comprised an entry probe, designed to enter the Venus atmosphere and parachute to the surface, and a carrier/flyby spacecraft, which carried the entry probe to Venus and served as a communications relay for the entry probe.

Félicette becomes the first cat to launched into space

Félicette was the first cat launched into space, in 1963 as part of the French space program. Félicette was one of 14 female cats trained for spaceflight. The cats had electrodes implanted onto their skulls so their neurological activity could be monitored throughout the flight. Félicette survived the flight.

Through the looking glass

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There she finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic Through the Looking-Glass includes such celebrated verses as "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter", and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The mirror which inspired Carroll remains displayed in Charlton Kings.

Transistor radio is announced

Texas Instruments Company announced its Regency TR-1. It was the first commercially available transistor radio. Its dimensions were 127 × 76 × 32 millimeters, mass around 300 grams. It was the first use of transistors for consumer electronics. It could operate between 20 and 30 hours, considerably longer than vacuum tube radios.

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