NASA was created, Prince Charles and Lady Diana married, The Doors had a No. 1, and Carl Lewis won Olympic long jump gold at age 35. They all happened on July 29, according to

President Eisenhower and U.S. Congress in 1958 authorized and passed legislation for the beginning of NASA -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- which coordinates America's space activities as a civilian agency.

Soviet Union launched Sputnik I on Oct. 4, 1957, and Sputnik II with a dog named Laika in November. America's first satellite, Vanguard, exploded. The first U.S. satellite to orbit Earth in January 1958 was Explorer I. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong, "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins land on the moon and there were an estimated 530 million people watching as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

From Birmingham, Ala., Frederick Carlton Lewis, aka Carl Lewis, met Olympic champion Jesse Lewis as a teenager. In high school, he went on to set a national record for the long jump with a leap of 26-8. He then went to University of Houston.

Lewis entered the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, winning four gold medals -- long jump, 100/200 meters and 4 x 100 meter relay. In 1988, he went to the Olympics in Seoul and won gold in the long jump. Lewis went to the 1992 Olympics and brought home gold in both 4 x 100 meter relay and long jump (his third) with a leap of 28 feet, 5 3/4 inches.

In 1996, 35-year-old Carl Lewis went to the Atlanta Olympics and won his fourth consecutive gold in the long jump, beating his competition by a foot, at 27 feet, 10 1/2 inches.

Also today in history:

  • Japanese sink USS Indianapolis in 1945
  • 1967 a fire ravages U.S. carrier off Vietnam
  • The Doors get their first No. 1 hit with "Light My Fire" in 1967
  • Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry in 1981

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