With today being a monumental day in the history of Space exploration, let’s delve into what happened on this day in history...
1945 - A liberal light goes out
On this day in 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt, beacon of liberal light in America, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, GA at the age of 63.
1961 - A landmark is reached
On a historic day for mankind, April 12th 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. Often forgotten amid more famous commentary of mankind making ‘small steps’, and what not, Gagarin’s orbit of the Earth arguably paved some of the way for later successes in space exploration.
Gagarin’s spacecraft, the Vostok, orbited the Earth before successfully returning to hero’s welcome. Indeed, Gagarin would reach heady heights as a national icon, receiving awards such as ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’.
1981 - HP-41 debut!
On this day in 1981, Space exploration moved a further step forward as the HP-41 calculator was used on board of NASA’s first space shuttle flight.
Allowing astronauts to calculate the exact angle needed to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, the HP-41 would prove a vital instrument in space travel.
An honourable mention goes to…
A national treasure of American television, David Letterman, who was born on this day in 1947.