On this day:
1996: Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a chess game against a reigning world champion
Despite his defeat in the first game, Russian world champion Garry Kasparov proceeded to win the match by 4-2 games.
1990: The spacecraft Galileo flew past Venus on its way to Jupiter.
Born on this day:
1894: Harold Macmillan: English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1950: Mark Spitz: American Athlete
Gone on this day:
1923: Wilhelm Röntgen: German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, discovered X Rays
1755: Montesquieu: French philosopher