The Prospero satellite was launched, making it the first and only British satellite to be launched using a British rocket.

Shortly after midnight in Moscow, the Soviets became the first to successfully send a human-made object to the Moon.

The 22nd June 1633 saw Galileo Galilei, the famed scientist, was found “vehemently suspect of heresy” by the Papal Inquisition and forced to recant his belief in the heliocentric universe originally put forward by Copernicus ninety years previously.