Saturday, April 12, 2008

FDR and Gagarin

Today is Saturday, 12 April 2008.

On this date in 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the USA from 1933 to 1945, died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

On this date in 1961, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Alekseyevich Gargarin of the U.S.S.R., became the first of homo sapiens to truly enter and briefly inhabit "outer space", when he, in Vostok I, orbited the planet for 108 minutes (one hour and 48 minutes).

His call sign in this flight was "Kedr" ("Cedar") (Russian: Кедр).

I hope to add more thoughts later today, but a full plate is at hand. Do some thinkin' citizens, and come back at me!

Happy Gargarin in Space Day to one and all!


Anonymous la_libertine said...

Man, I still remember reading in the Weekly Reader about Yuri Gagarin! And I was fortunate to have a teacher who wasn't consumed by the threat of the "Red Menace" to talk to us about the importance of this event.

Interestingly, just a few days ago - April 11th - Russia unveiled a monument to the memory of Laika, the first dog in space (who died just a few hours into the Sputnik 2 mission).

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