#TodayInHistory: First recorded human death by robot
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#TodayInHistory: First recorded human death by robot

Yvonne Williams

A look at notable happenings on this day in history;

1929 – Wife of Lord Lugard, Flora Shaw,  a British journalist and writer credited with having coined the name “Nigeria” died.

1905 – World’s largest diamond found; At the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the “Cullinan,” it was the largest diamond ever found. Frederick Wells was 18 feet below the earth’s surface when he spotted it.

1979 –  A 25-year-old Ford Motor assembly line worker is killed on the job in a Flat Rock, Michigan, casting plant. It’s the first recorded human death by robot. Robert Williams (USA) was struck in the head and killed by the arm of a 1-ton production-line robot in a Ford Motor Company casting plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA, becoming the first fatal casualty of a robot. The robot was part of a parts-retrieval system that moved material from one part of the factory to another; when the robot began running slowly, Williams reportedly climbed into the storage rack to retrieve parts manually when he was struck in the head and killed instantly.

1998 – Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

1971 – Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.

1991 – Soap opera “Generation’s” last episode after a 2 year run


1964 – The Beatles get their first number one with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1924 – First Winter Olympics; The first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps.


1949 – Inaugural Emmy awards ceremony; On this day, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences holds its first annual awards ceremony at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles.

That’s it on Today In History

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