Thursday, April 14, 2011

All in a days work

By now you've no doubt heard me rant and rave at some point in my life about how history is *not* all about names and dates. But...even I admit dates are important, and I thought it would be fun to share a few memorable ones that took place on April 12.

First space shuttle flight:
Launch of STS-1, shuttle Columbia
April 12, 1981

The Civil War begins:
Battle of Fort Sumter
April 12, 1861

Death of a president:
Franklin D. Roosevelt dies, a mere three weeks before the United States declares victory in Europe.
April 12, 1945

Going Nuclear:
The USSR performs nuke testing in eastern Kazakhstan.
April 12, 1983

High Orbit:
Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to orbit the earth.
April 12, 1961

The United States "officially" liberates Buchenwald concentration camp.
April 12, 1945

And last, but certainly not least...
Birth of yours truly :-)

1 comment:

Christina said...

I didn't realize upon what an auspicious day you entered the world! How perfect miss historian. :)