Launches Events in History

2015 Event - Commercial space company SpaceX has been approved as a contractor to the U.S. military for satellite launches; SpaceX will compete for contracts against the Boeing-Lockheed Martin United Launch Alliance, currently the primary military launch provider

2015 Event - Commercial space company SpaceX successfully launches its Falcon 9 rocket, which has released the Dragon cargo ship into orbit to the International Space Station; the rocket returned to Earth after releasing the Dragon but had a rough landing

2014 Event - Japan launches an explorer that will take samples and collect data from the surface of an asteroid; the six-year trip will include eighteen months of study and data collection

2014 Event - Orbital Sciences Corp. launches its second cargo rocket to the International Space Station; Orbital and competitor Space X each have contracts for space supply delivery

2013 Event - On the first day of its release, Sony's PlayStation 4 sells 1 million units in the U.S. and Canada; the PS4 launches in Europe November 29th, and Japan February 22, 2014

2013 Event - In California, NASA launches a space probe to observe the Sun; the probe is referred to as the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS

2013 Event - The U.S. launches ta $6 billion money laundering prosecution against Liberty Reserve, a Costa Rican currency-transfer and payment-processing company

2012 Event - Israel launches four airstrikes in response to multiple rockets being fired across the border. The airstrikes kill two Salafist jihadist militants and wound one other in the northern Gaza strip

2011 Event - In Iran, the Central Bank of Iran launches a website which it will use to poll Iranians on planned economic reforms and changing the national currency

2011 Event - Save the Children launches a campaign to help 400,000 children in Sri Lanka deal with the crisis following the worst floods in their history

2010 Event - Britain's Labor Party leader Ed Miliband launches a review of the British Labor Party, calling upon activists to help make it the 'People's Party' once again

2010 Event - Queen Elizabeth II launches a page on Facebook; no one is allowed to 'poke' or 'befriend' her

2010 Event - The U.S. launches a search for the people behind an attempt to mail bombs to synagogues and places of worship in Chicago, Illinois

2010 Event - The first dedicated 3D TV channel in Europe, Sky 3D, launches in the UK

2010 Event - Jakarta launches female train carriages in an effort to reduce incidents of public sexual harassment

2010 Event - U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavor launches from the Kennedy Space Center, successfully beginning a two-week mission to the International Space Station

2009 Event - Iran launches first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit

2009 Event - Israel launches an invasion of the Gaza strip

2008 Event - Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-122, launches to deliver laboratory to the ISS

2007 Event - Boeing launches it's newest aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

2006 Event - Al Jazeera launches Al Jazeera English

2005 Event - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches

2005 Event - Shuttle Discovery STS-114 launches, first flight since Columbia disaster

2001 Event - U.S. launches strikes against the Taleban in Afghanistan, in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.

1999 Event - During a bombing run over Belgrade, NATO accidentally bombs the Chinese embassy, killing four which launches massive protests throughout China

1998 Event - Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR

1998 Event - Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip

1998 Event - STS-89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit

1997 Event - STS-87 (Columbia 24) launches into orbit

1997 Event - U.S. launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn

1997 Event - STS-86 (Atlantis 20) launches into orbit

1997 Event - STS-85, Discovery 23, launches into orbit

1997 Event - STS-94 (Columbia 23) launches into orbit

1997 Event - STS-84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission

1997 Event - STS-83, Columbia 22, launches

1997 Event - STS-82 (Discovery 22) launches

1997 Event - Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR

1997 Event - Minuteman III launches

1997 Event - Space Shuttle STS-81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space

1996 Event - Space Shuttle STS-80 (Columbia 21), launches into space

1996 Event - Space Shuttle STS-79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space

1996 Event - Space Shuttle STS-78, Columbia 20, launches into space

1996 Event - STS-77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit

1996 Event - Dutch/Italian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral

1996 Event - STS-76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit

1996 Event - STS-75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit

1996 Event - Space Shuttle STS-72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space

1995 Event - STS-74 (Atlantis 15), launches into orbit

1995 Event - STS-73 (Columbia 18), launches into orbit

1995 Event - STS-69 (Endeavour 9), launches into orbit

1995 Event - Space shuttle STS-70, Discovery 20, launches

1995 Event - Space shuttle STS-71 (Atlantis 14), launches

1995 Event - Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches

1995 Event - STS-63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit

1994 Event - Kosmos 2294/2295/2296 launches

1994 Event - Space shuttle STS-66 (Atlantis 13), launches

1994 Event - Soyuz TM-20 launches

1994 Event - Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit

1994 Event - Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), launches into orbit

1994 Event - Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches

1994 Event - Soyuz TM-19 launches

1994 Event - STS-59, Endeavour, launches into orbit

1994 Event - Soyuz TM-21 launches with V Dezyurov, G Strekalov and N Thagard

1994 Event - Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit

1994 Event - STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit

1994 Event - Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit

1993 Event - Space shuttle STS-61 (Endeavour 5), launches

1993 Event - STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit

1993 Event - STS-51 (Discovery) launches into orbit

1993 Event - Russian manned space craft TM-17, launches into orbit

1993 Event - STS-57 (Endeavour) launches into orbit

1993 Event - STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit

1993 Event - STS-56, Discovery, launches into orbit

1993 Event - Soyuz TM-16 launches

1993 Event - STS-54 (Endeavour) launches into orbit

1992 Event - Space Shuttle STS-52 (Columbia 13) launches into space

1992 Event - Charles Taylor launches an offensive against Monrovia Liberia

1992 Event - STS-47 (Endeavour 2) launches

1992 Event - Soyuz TM-15 launches

1992 Event - STS-50 launches (Columbia)

1992 Event - India launches its Agni rocket

1992 Event - India launches its 1st satellite independently

1992 Event - Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space

1992 Event - 1st Belgium in the space, Dirk Frimout on Atlantis Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space

1992 Event - Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit

1992 Event - Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) launches into space

1991 Event - U.S.S.R. launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station

1991 Event - U.S. 70th manned space mission STS-39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit

1991 Event - Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel

1990 Event - U.S. 69th manned space mission STS-35 (Columbia 11) launches into orbit

1990 Event - U.S. 68th manned space mission STS-38 (Atlantis 7) launches into orbit

1990 Event - U.S. 67th manned space mission STS-41 (Discovery 11) launches into orbit

1990 Event - Soyuz TM-10 launches

1990 Event - U.S. 66th manned space mission STS-31 (Discovery 10) launches into orbit

1990 Event - U.S. 65th manned space mission STS-36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit

1990 Event - 64th U.S. manned space mission STS-32 (Columbia 10) launches into orbit

1989 Event - U.S. 63rd manned space mission STS-33 (Discovery 9) launches into orbit

1989 Event - U.S. 62nd manned space mission STS-34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit

1989 Event - U.S. launches Magellan to Venus

1988 Event - Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite

1988 Event - Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance

1988 Event - U.S.S.R. launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir

1988 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-214

1988 Event - ESA's Ariane-3 launches 2 communications satellites (1 Indian)

1988 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Phobos II for Martian orbit

1988 Event - Soviet Union launches Phobos 1 to probe Martian moon (unsuccessful)

1988 Event - Soyuz TM-5 launches

1988 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-213

1988 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-211

1988 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-206

1988 Event - NASA launches DOD-2

1987 Event - Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir

1987 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-209

1987 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Kosmos 1870, 15-ton Earth-study satellite

1987 Event - NASA launches Fltsatcom-6, it failed to reach orbit

1987 Event - NASA launches Palapa B2P

1987 Event - NASA launches GEOS-H

1987 Event - Soyuz TM-2 launches

1986 Event - NASA launches Fltsatcom-7

1986 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-199

1986 Event - NASA launches DOD-1

1986 Event - NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit

1986 Event - HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament

1986 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mir space station into Earth orbit

1985 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-207

1985 Event - Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei

1985 Event - Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet

1985 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-209

1985 Event - European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley's Comet Flyby)

1985 Event - NASA launches Intelsat VA

1985 Event - NASA launches Intelsat VA

1985 Event - Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet

1984 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come

1984 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet

1984 Event - NASA launches NATO-3D

1984 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-208

1984 Event - NASA launches Galaxy-C

1984 Event - Soyuz T-10 launches with crew of 3 to Salyut 7

1983 Event - Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for presidency

1983 Event - NASA launches Galaxy-B

1983 Event - NASA launches RCA-6

1983 Event - NASA launches Telstar-3A

1983 Event - NASA launches Galaxy-A

1983 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-205

1983 Event - European Space Agency launches European Comm Satellite 1, Oscar 10

1983 Event - NASA launches Exosat

1983 Event - NASA launches Intelsat V

1983 Event - NASA launches Geos-F

1983 Event - NASA launches RCA-F

1983 Event - Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)

1982 Event - NASA launches RCA-E

1982 Event - NASA launches Intelsat V

1982 Event - NASA launches Telesat-F

1982 Event - NASA launches Landsat 4 to thematic map the Earth

1982 Event - NASA launches Intelsat V

1982 Event - Metropolitan Transportation Authority launches a 5 year plan to upgrade the New York City subway system

1982 Event - TA launches 5 year capital program to overhaul New York City subway system

1981 Event - NASA launches Intelsat V

1981 Event - NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed

1981 Event - NASA launches Intelsat V

1981 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-192

1981 Event - Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)

1981 Event - NASA launches Comstar D-4

1980 Event - NASA launches Intelsat V

1980 Event - NASA launches Flt Satcom-4

1980 Event - Rohini 1, 1st Indian satellite, launches into orbit

1980 Event - U.S. launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares

1980 Event - NASA launches Fltsatcom-3

1979 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-203

1979 Event - NASA launches HEAO

1979 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-198

1979 Event - NASA launches Fltsatcom-2

1979 Event - Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite and Corsa-B (550/580 km)

1979 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-202

1978 Event - NASA launches HEAO

1978 Event - U.S. launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus

1978 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-201

1978 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite

1977 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-200

1977 Event - NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

1977 Event - Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts

1976 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-197

1976 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 24, last Lunar flight to date from Earth

1976 Event - Israel launches rescue of 103 Air France crew and passengers being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers

1976 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-179

1975 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed

1975 Event - NASA launches space vehicle S-195

1975 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Venera 10 for Venus landing

1975 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Venera 9 for Venus landing

1975 Event - Soyuz 18 launches

1975 Event - India launches 1st satellite with help of U.S.S.R.

1974 Event - NASA launches Italian satellite San Marcos C-2 (235/843 km)

1973 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 7

1973 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 6

1973 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 5

1973 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 4 for fly-by (2600 km) of red planet

1973 Event - NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit

1973 Event - U.S. launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz

1973 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)

1973 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 21 for Moon landing

1972 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)

1972 Event - U.S. launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)

1971 Event - NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp

1971 Event - U.S. launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft

1971 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars

1970 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 16; returns samples from lunar Sea of Fertility

1970 Event - China launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"

1970 Event - Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"

1970 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 52 and Molniya 1-13 communications satellite

1970 Event - U.S. president Nixon launches "Nixon-doctrine"

1970 Event - U.S. launches 2nd generation weather satellite, ITOS 1

1969 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 50 and Molniya 1-12 communications satellite

1969 Event - Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon

1968 Event - European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite

1968 Event - U.S. launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun

1968 Event - U.S.S.R. launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit

1967 Event - U.S. launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit

1967 Event - U.S. launches Surveyor 6; makes soft landing on Moon Nov 9

1967 Event - U.S. launches Explorer 35 for lunar orbit (800/7400 km)

1967 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Kosmos 166 for observation of Sun from Earth orbit

1967 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Venera 4 for parachute landing on Venus

1967 Event - Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit

1967 Event - U.S. launches Lunar Orbiter 3

1966 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum

1966 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon

1966 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon

1966 Event - U.S. launches Orbiter 1 to the Moon

1966 Event - Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement

1966 Event - U.S. launches Surveyor 1 to Moon

1966 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter

1966 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 9 towards Moon

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 8; crashes on Moon

1965 Event - France launches 1st satellite, 92 lb (42 kg) A1-capsule (Asterix)

1965 Event - Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 6; missed Moon

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 minutes)

1965 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit (Voskhod Test)

1965 Event - Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)

1965 Event - U.S. launches TIROS 9 weather satellite

1964 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Zond 2 towards Mars; no data returned

1964 Event - U.S. launches Mariner 3 toward Mars; no data returned

1964 Event - NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory (OGO-1)

1964 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned

1963 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km

1963 Event - U.S. launches communications satellite Syncom 1

1962 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 1; radio contact lost before arrival at Mars

1962 Event - U.S. launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon

1962 Event - Russia launches Vostok 4, Pavel Popovich, who lands safely Aug 15

1962 Event - U.S. launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)

1961 Event - NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays

1961 Event - Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

1961 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 toward Venus

1961 Event - Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure

1961 Event - USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights

1960 Event - USS Enterprise, 1st nuclear power aircraft carrier, launches

1959 Event - USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit

1959 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Mechta, Luna 1, for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit

1958 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 3 with 2 dogs aboard

1958 Event - Army launches 4th U.S. successful satellite, Explorer IV

1958 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik III

1958 Event - Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd U.S.), measures Earth shape

1958 Event - Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km

1958 Event - U.S. launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

1957 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika), 1st animal in orbit

1957 Event - Soviet Union launches, Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika

1957 Event - U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite

1957 Event - U.S.S.R. launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile

1957 Event - U.S. launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton, Connecticut

1955 Event - 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum

1942 Event - Russia launches winter offensive against Germans along Don front

1942 Event - During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt

1941 Event - U.S. launches its 1st Liberty-ship, "Patrick Henry"

1940 Event - Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks

1938 Event - British ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth," launches at Clydebank Scotland

1935 Event - Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly

1928 Event - U.S.S.R. launches its 1st 5 year plan

1926 Event - Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)

1918 Event - During WW I Germany launches Somme offensive

1906 Event - Famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania launches

1903 Event - Kuyper government launches anti strike laws

1892 Event - P de Coubertin launches plan for Modern Olympic Games

1783 Event - J van North launches unmanned balloon

1002 Event - English king Ethelred II launches massacre of Danish settlers