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The First Man Ever In Space, Yuri Gagarin, Was Born This Day In 1934.

by Anura Guruge



I got to meet him when he visited Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka) in 1961.

I was 7 years old. But, of course, knew who he was.

I got to shake his hand.

To this day, I consider this one of the highlights of my rather uneventful life.


Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin


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First Bob House On Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire — 2017 – 2018 Winter.

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Alton BayLake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.

None of the lake at noon yesterday, December 30, 2017.

Then New Year’s Eve 2018, December 31, 2017, there is ONE. Ice must have just got thick enough. Impressive. As you can see JUST the Bob House. No people! Kind of cold. It was, at best, 3°F when I took these pictures.

In a couple of weeks we should have 30 or more. I will post as we go along.

Happy New Year.


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The First Chinese Space Walk Took Place This Day, 9-Years Ago; September 27, 2008.

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China, following the Russia & the U.S.A., was only the 3rd country in the World to conduct a spacewalk from one of their own spacecrafts. French, Japanese, Australian & Swedish had done so before the Chinese — but either from the Russian MIR space station or from U.S. space shuttles.

The Chinese spacewalk came a full 43-years after the very first spacewalk, by Russian Alexey Leonov on March 18, 1965.

The first American spacewalk was that same year, 77-days later.


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The First Tweet Was Sent On Twitter, This Day, July 15, 11-Years Ago — In 2006.

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Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006.

But it was not available as a service until July 15 of that year. So, folks within Twitter did send out Tweets as of March 21 BUT the service only went live for us, the public, 11 year ago, today.


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First Annual, Dixville Notch Music, Arts & Crafts Festival — May 27 – 28, 2017.

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Click on image to access official Website with all the details.


Looks interesting.

This is the ‘First in the NationDixville Notch which always gets its 15-minutes of glory whenever we have a State Primary or a National Election.

It is UP THERE, way up there. I have never been that far north within New Hampshire! They might still have snow up there.

First Annual. So, it is the first. As such I can’t say I have ever been to it.

Thinking about it. Just wanted to make sure you knew about it.


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This Day, 56-Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin Became The First Human EVER To Enter Space (And Orbit The Earth To Boot)!

by Anura Guruge





I got to meet him when he visited Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka) in 1961.

I was 7 years old. But, of course, knew who he was.

I got to shake his hand.

To this day, I consider this one of the highlights of my rather uneventful life.


Yes, we commemorated his birthday which was on March 9 (1934).

So he went to space 34-days after his 27th birthday.

He died, tragically, when he was 34.


Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin


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The (Latest) UNIFICATION Of Italy Was Proclaimed This Day, 156-Years Ago — March 17, 1861

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The Proclamation was by the First Italian Parliament, meeting in Turin. The Parliament had been assembled by Victor Emmanuel.

On March 17, 1861, this Parliament proclaimed that Italy was once again UNITED and that Victor Emmanuel would be the new King of Italy.

It took ANOTHER 10-days before Rome was declared the capital of Italy — since they had to placate a very irate pope!


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Uranus Was Discovered 236-Years Ago, By British Astronomer William Herschel.

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First planet discovered by a KNOWN person. The other 6 (including Earth) had been known about since antiquity.

First planet discovered with the aid of a telescope.


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As with the discovery of Pluto, I talked about the Uranus discovery in my 2011 full-color, paperback & e-book Devanee’s Book of Dwarf Planets (which is definitely worth looking at (even if I say so myself)). 



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