- The world’s first manned space mission. Russian Yuri Gagarin made a 108-minute orbital flight of the planet in 1961.
- The space shuttle Columbia made her first flight in 1981.
- The first shots of the Civil War were fired on Ft. Sumter in 1861.
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945.
To find out more of what went on on this date in history, ask a librarian. Which prompts me to mention that today is also National Library Workers Day. So, if you visit the library today (we hope you do), give a nod to the staffer who helps you find that novel, looks up that statistic, reads a story to your toddler, and checks out your books.