4/12/2010 10:16:00 AM
Yuri Gagarin, first human in space in 1961:
1st launch of the Space Shuttle, STS-1, in 1981:
...And, inexplicably, International Licorice Day.
So to that, please join me in raising a Red Vine and saying "Cheers!" to humanity's achievements in space today!
[Additional 4/12 news from the GLXP community]
@Priesett pointed out that it is also Big Wind Day. Apparently it was a bit breezy at Mount Washington Observatory on April 12, 1931, with a top recorded wind speed of 231 mph/372 km/h. The record has yet to be broken.
@Bob_Richards reminds us that the International Space University was born on April 12, 1987. Happy 23rd birthday, ISU!
@amoroso provides us with an intriguing snapshot of the front page of an Italian newspaper after Gagarin's flight:
Thanks for the contributions, folks. If you'd like to add your photos or comments to the mix, feel free to post a comment below or @-reply us on Twitter. Happy Yuri's Night!