On this date in 1965 the Astrodome- the “8th Wonder of the World” opened to great fanfare in Houston, Texas. At the time the Astrodome was viewed as a real marvel. The reason for building the Astrodome was in 1962 Houston got a baseball team, the Colt 45’s [later changed to Astros.} The owners promised a domed stadium to deal with the subtropical climate and hot summers of the region. The first game at the Astrodome was an exhibition game against the Yankees which drew a sellout crowd and President Lyndon Johnson and the First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Mickey Mantle would hit the first home run.