Asteroid 108 Hecuba was discovered on April 2nd 1869 by Karl Theodore Robert Luther, and is in the wrong place, living as it does with the Hygiea family of main-belt asteroids, but not being related to them (they are C-types, whereas Hecuba is a stony S-type.
Hecuba is the Latin form of the Greek name Hecabe, the wife of King Priam of Troy, and mother of Hector. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: read the Iliad!
1964 – Launch of the Zond 1 spacecraft by the USSR. A total of ten missions carried the incredibly futuristic and alien-sounding Zond name. If you’re Russian though, it’s a bit more mundane: it means “probe”. This was the second Soviet craft to reach Venus. Unfortunately contact had been lost before the big day.
1998 – The Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base to observe our nearest star.
TRACE returned a fabulous gallery of images, dozens of which can be viewed here.