Thursday, November 3, 2011

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: November 3: 1957 : The Soviet space dog

November 3: 1957 : The Soviet space dog

The Soviet Union launches the first animal into space—a dog name Laika—aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.
Laika, part Siberian husky, lived as a stray on the Moscow streets before being enlisted into the Soviet space program. Laika survived for several days as a passenger in the USSR's second artificial Earth satellite, kept alive by a sophisticated life-support system. Electrodes attached to her body provided scientists on the ground with important information about the biological effects of space travel. She died after the batteries of her life-support system ran down.
At least a dozen more Russian dogs were launched into space in preparation for the first manned Soviet space mission, and at least five of these dogs died in flight. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1. He orbited Earth once before landing safely in the USSR.

American Revolution
1777 : Washington learns of Conway cabal

1930 : Detroit-Windsor Tunnel opens to traffic

Civil War
1816 : Confederate General Jubal Early is born

Cold War
1964 : Johnson defeats Goldwater for presidency

1984 : A serial killer abducts and rapes his teenage victim

1974 : Hotel fire ends in disaster in South Korea

General Interest
1903 : Panama declares independence
1957 : The Soviet space dog
1979 : Communists and Klansmen clash in Greensboro
1986 : Iran arms sales revealed

1976 : Carrie creeps out audiences

1844 : Thackeray completes Barry Lyndon

1962 : The Crystals earn a #1 hit with "He's A Rebel"-or do they?

Old West
1883 : Black Bart makes his last stagecoach robbery

1948 : Newspaper mistakenly declares Dewey president

1998 : The Body is elected governor of Minnesota

Vietnam War
1967 : Battle of Dak To begins
1969 : Nixon calls on the "silent majority"

World War I
1918 : Central Powers face rebellion on the home front

World War II
1941 : The order is given: Bomb Pearl Harbor

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