On this day in 1994, Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's first black president. He is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.

In 1914, Mother's Day became a public holiday.

In 1926, Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.

In 1955, West Germany joined NATO.

In 1960, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.

In 1962, A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.

In 2002, In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country's history.