Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12th, Anniversary of Two of the Most Important Dates in American History

Today marks one of the most important anniversary for us as a nation. 150 years ago, the first shot on Fort Sumter was fired and the American Civil War officially began. That shot from a cannon commanded Brig. Gen. Beauregard's division began at 4:30 am and went on for 34 hours. Fort Sumter was commanded by Major General Robert Anderson, whom was the former commanding officer of Brig. Gen. Beauregard, his opponent. No one was killed during the actual battle. However, that bloodless event started the most bloody war ever fought by United States with more Americans killed than all the other wars fought by the United States combined. Thought it was a horrible war, it define who we are as a "Nation".

If you have not seen Ken Burns Civil War series, you should. PBS has been playing it for the past week.

Today also marks another important anniversary for us as a nation. On this day, 50 years ago old, Soviet Union launched the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. This defining moment pushed John F Kenndy to challenge us as a nation to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. And on July 19, 1969, that goal was achieved when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Adrin landed on the moon.

Tom Hanks' "From the Earth to the Moon" is a great series that covers the history of the space program.

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