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Old 2011-04-12, 16:35   #1
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Default Happy 50th Anniversary, Yuri Gagarin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Score one for short fellows - Gagarin was only 5' 2" (1.57m tall) ... a big advantage in the tiny Vostok capsule.''

Google has a google doodle to commemorate the occasion on their main page today.

Interestingly, John Glenn, who became the first American to orbit the earth 10 months after Garagrin`s flight, was 40 at the time, a full 13 years older than Gagarin. Glenn also became the oldest person to fly into space when he flew on Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998, at age 77(!).

I've always been struck by the similarity of Gagarin and Glenn's smiles:
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Old 2011-04-14, 00:51   #2
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Completely forgot that yesterday was also the 150th anniversary of the start of the U.S. Civil War. There was a dramatic re-enactment of the opening cannonade at Fort Sumter in Charleston SC which began at 4:30 a.m. yesterday, precisely 150 years to the minute later. The war between the states is still far and away the bloodiest war in U.S. history, costing over 1 million lives (about 2/3 of those soldiers), or roughly 3% of the U.S. population of the time.
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Old 2011-04-14, 01:19   #3
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Soviets sent Gagarin up to distract the world from the centennial of the start of the U.S. Civil War ??? (* blink, blink *)

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