This Day In History

April 12, 2011 by staff 

This Day In History, : A British Airways Concorde lost a piece of its rudder during flight between Christchurch and Sydney.
1981: U.S. The space shuttle program off with the first launch of space shuttle Columbia on STS-1. The crew, consisting of only two-Commander John W. Young and pilot Robert Crippen, spend 54 1 / 2 hours in orbit.

1971: 31 U.S. Air Force Rescue Squadron aerospace evacuate Charles Lindbergh and a group of scientists from the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, after his helicopter had crashed.

1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, riding a Russian 3KA Vostok spacecraft into orbit in Vostok 1 mission. He once planet’s orbit, spending about minutes in space before returning to earth.

1951: Korean War: 48 U.S. B-29 Superfortress bomb Sinuiju railway bridge over the Yalu River.

On April 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; Vice President Harry S. Truman succeeded him.

-, The Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

- 1877, receiver mask used for the first time in a baseball game, by James Tyng of Harvard in a game against the Lynn Live Oaks.

-, John J. Mead, father, and eight printers published the first edition of the Erie Times newspaper.

-, The Salk vaccine against polio was declared safe and effective.

-, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space, orbiting the Earth once before making a safe landing.

- 1981, Colombia became the first space shuttle in space, as it launched a test flight two days.

- 1987, Texaco Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, by far the largest of the proceedings at the time.

-, Radical activist Abbie Hoffman was found dead at his home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, at age 52.

- 1992, Euro Disney Resort (now Disneyland Paris) opened in France.

-, Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca surprised Wall Street with an unsolicited offer and 22800000000 bid to buy the automaker, Chrysler said it was not for sale.

-, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright cited the President Bill Clinton for contempt of court, and concluded that Clinton had lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in a statement in the Paula Jones case.

- 2004, a federal judge allowed a nationwide ban on dietary supplements containing ephedra in force.

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