pril 12th: I just looked at the calendar and realized that today's the 50th anniversary of manned space flight, from Yuri Gagarin's single, solo orbit around the Earth. The Americans made much of him being "just a passenger," and that the following month Alan B. Sheppard, Jr. actually did stuff
during his 15-minute sub-orbital lob off the Florida coast, but even if all Gagarin did was hold on tight, not scream for his Mama, and dutifully mouth some Soviet idiocy about not finding God in "heaven," it's still a moment worth remembering.
I was a bit surprised not to see any little story about it on my AP wire list, although I did just find this bit on MSNBC's "Space News" from a few days ago
. I suppose that it's not so slow of a news cycle right now that historical news is making much impact. There's also only a teeny, tiny story of today being the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, with the Confederate attack on Ft. Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.