Don’t know how or why, but lots of historical milestones today.
On this date in 1861, the battle of Fort Sumter began, kicking off the Civil War. The Washington Post has special coverage for the anniversary which is worth reading. The Post and the National Park Service are tweeting the Civil War in real time as it happened 150 years ago.
On this date in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, making a 108-minute flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft in the middle of the Cold War. Gagarin got his own Google logo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his milestone voyage:
And finally, on this date in 1981, the first Space Shuttle mission was launched.