In 1958 Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres by sea and 62,000 kilometres by land during a ten-year journey.
In 1995 Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of Sherpas.
On this day in 1773, the Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America. The legislation leads to the Boston Tea Party.
The first public demonstration of a mouse controlling a computer system was in 1968. Mice originally used a ball rolling on a surface to detect motion, but modern mice mostly have optical sensors that have no moving parts.
Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) has been credited as the inventor of the mouse.