Thursday, May 05, 2011


1961:Alan B. Shepard Jr. becomes the first American astronaut in space, after his Freedom 7 capsule blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., for a 15-minute suborbital flight. Nearly a decade later, Shepard will also become the fifth person to walk on the moon as commander of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.

1904: Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in the history of modern baseball, helping the Boston Americans to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston.

1981: Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer Bobby Sands dies in Maze Prison in County Down, Northern Ireland, after a 66-day hunger strike to demand expanded rights for Irish republican prisoners. During the strike, Sands had been elected to the British Parliament. He was 27.
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