Historic Tech Events
Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the acquisition of Instagram on his Facebook page, stating that Instagram would remain an independent app but would be connected to Facebook's services. The deal was valued at $1 billion, making it one of the largest tech acquisitions at the time. The app's user base has since skyrocketed, reaching over 2 billion monthly active users as of January 2023.
USA's Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States. This day marked the announcement of the first seven astronauts. As the Mercury project acquired notoriety, millions of people worldwide listened to and watched its missions on radio and television. Its accomplishment established the foundation for Project Gemini, which launched a few weeks after the first crewed Mercury trip and transported two astronauts while perfecting the space docking techniques necessary for crewed lunar landings.