1. 1899: Ernest Hemingway was bornPhoto: biography[/caption]
It was on this date in 1899 that one of most iconic American novelists, Ernest Hemingway was born. Hemingway was famous for many things, but his books by far out weighed the rest. Some of his most famous titles include The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. He grew up in Oak Park Illinois where he would finish high school. From there he would work at The Kansas City Star for a few months before enlisting in World War I as an ambulance driver. However after being seriously injured he was sent home. It was these experience that he used in the book A Farewell to Arms. In 1953 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the following year picked up the Nobel Prize in Literature. Also in 1953 he survived two plane crashes in Africa so there was never a dull moment in this mans life. However after suffering from severe anxiety and depression he committed suicide at his home in Ketchum , Idaho.
2. 2011: Final Space Shuttle mission comes to an end
After logging more than 500 million miles in 135 missions over the course of the 30 year program, NASA’s Space Shuttle Program comes to an end on this date in 2011. A total of five different orbiters (or shuttles) had carried more than 350 up into space and back throughout the program. Columbia was the first, then the Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and the most recent was the Endeavour. After each orbiter finished its duty it was retired and sent to different museums around the country. The most commonly used shuttle was the Discovery with 39 total missions. In the final year of the program the Endeavour, Discovery and Atlantis all were used on missions But it was the Atlantis that made the very last one. It was on a thirteen day trip where the astronauts on board orbited the earth a reported 200 times and traveled roughly 5 million miles before landing at the Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. on this day. It was estimated that to the total cost for the whole Shuttle program was said to be around $209 Billion USD.
3. 2007: The final book in the Harry Potter Series is released
It was on this day in 2007 that the climactic finale to the beloved Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows, is released. Harry Potter was the brainchild of British author J.K. Rowling who has now become the highest earning author in the history of literature. Which is quite interesting considering when she first started writing the first installment of the book back in 1997 she was a broke single mother. The first book was originally called Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone but was changed to Sorcerer’s Stone the following year when it was released in America. Since then over 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold, plus all the merchandising including video games, board games, clothing, and now even a full blown amusement park called Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. All seven of the books were made into full Hollywood productions, the last book was split into two movies.