It’s scripted like Hollywood but this tale from space produced some genuine heroes. The innovation to solve “the problem” and bring three US astronauts back to earth remains a story for the ages.
The fated mission was commanded by Jim Lovell with Jack Swigert as command module (CM) pilot and Fred Haise as Apollo Lunar Module (LM) pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for Ken Mattingly, who was grounded after exposure to rubella.
On this date in 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” debuted. Today, it’s one of the world’s most renown, loved and most performed musical works. Fast fact: The entire score was completed in 24 days…a minor miracle in its own right!
Did you know the fabled Pony Express was actually a massive failure? It’s true. It lasted only 18 months as a mail service. The innovations of the telegraph and railroad proved better means for transporting America’s letters to the West.
According to 2021 Pew Research Center, nearly half (48%) of U.S. young adults use the social media app Tik Tok.
The Russians were the first to send a rocket into space, the first into space with a man and a woman (Valentina Tereshkova, 1963) and the first to do a space walk outside their capsule.
But America got the big prize. We landed on the moon and planted our flag. The only nation (so far) to do it.
The last president to die of natural causes while in office was Franklin D. Roosevelt on this day in 1945. His VP Harry Truman was the new President.
A century and three score years ago today the bloodiest war on American soil started. It was a war between Americans. We were geographically divided (North v. South). We were politically divided (Republicans v. Democrats). We were commercially divided (slave v. free). It was America at its worst and four years of bloodshed would nearly wipe out an entire American generation of young men.
According to 2021 Pew Research Center, 81% of U.S. adults watch YouTube. In fact, YouTube was one of only two social media sites to experience growth in the past two years.
You are faster than you think, better than you feel and stronger than you look. If you’re still breathing, it’s a good day to be alive. (Rick Chromey)
According to 2021 Pew Research Center: The U.S. Asian population has seen an 81% increase since 2000. It’s projected by 2060, the number of Asians living in the United States will be 35.8 million, which is more than triple their 2000 population.