Monday, August 20, 2012
TODAY IN HISTORY
1960:Space dogs Belka and Strelka safely return to Earth after their daylong orbit aboard Sputnik 5. Along with a selection of mice, rats and plants, the pair of pioneering canine cosmonauts are the first living organisms to return from space flight, eight months before Yuri Gagarin would become the first human in space.
1938: New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig cements one of Major League Baseball's longest standing records, scoring the 23rd grand slam of his career. Alex Rodriguez, also playing for the Yankees, would tie Gehrig’s record in June 2012.
2000: Tiger Woods scores his second PGA championship in a row, winning in a playoff against Bob May at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Woods' win makes him the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three professional major tournaments in one year, as well as the first golfer since Denny Shute in 1937 to win consecutive PGA championships.
1882:Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
1866:The American Civil War is formally declared over by President Andrew Johnson
1965:The Rolling Stones release the song "Satisfaction," their 1st number 1 hit in the US.