On this day: September 21

Published On: Sep 20 2012 06:09:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 21 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

"The Hobbit" is published for the first time, Jimmy Hendrix becomes Jimi, Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice, and a track superstar dies, all on this day.

OTD September 21 - North American XB-70
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1964: The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, Calif. A prototype of the proposed B-70 nuclear-armed deep-penetration strategic bomber (which was canceled in 1961 and never built), two of the aircraft were built and used in supersonic test flights from 1964 to 1969.

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