John Watts Young (1930–2018) was an American astronaut, naval officer
and aviator, test pilot, and aeronautical engineer. On April 21, 1972,
he became the ninth person to walk on the Moon as commander of
Apollo 16. He flew on four different classes of spacecraft: the Gemini
capsule, the Apollo command and service module, the Apollo lunar module,
and the Space Shuttle. Young served in the U.S. Navy as an aviator, and
graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. He set multiple world
time-to-climb records, and was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut
Group 2 in 1962. He flew on Gemini 3 in 1965, and commanded
Gemini 10 in 1966. He flew as the command module pilot on Apollo 10 in
1969. After that, he commanded Apollo 16, and spent three days on the
lunar surface exploring the Descartes Highlands with Charles Duke. Young
also commanded STS-1, the Space Shuttle program's first launch, in 1981,
and STS-9 in 1983. He retired from NASA in 2004. (This article is part
of a featured topic: NASA Astronaut Group 2.).
Today's selected anniversaries:
Henry VIII became King of England, following the death of his
father Henry VII, eventually becoming a significant figure in the
history of the English monarchy.
1925 or 1926:
Al-Baqi Cemetery in Medina, the site of the mausoleum
of four of the Twelve Imams of Shia Islam, was demolished by Wahhabis.
The Century 21 Exposition, the first world's fair in the
United States since World War II, opened in Seattle.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive) To dominate or intimidate in a blustering way; to bully,
2. (intransitive) To behave like a hector or bully; to bluster, to
swagger; to bully.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I made a decision to carry out a special military operation. The
purpose of this operation is to protect people who, for eight years now,
have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kiev
regime. To this end, we will seek to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine,
as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes
against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.
It is not our plan to occupy the Ukrainian territory. We do not intend
to impose anything on anyone by force. … The current events have
nothing to do with a desire to infringe on the interests of Ukraine and
the Ukrainian people. … I would now like to say something very
important for those who may be tempted to interfere in these
developments from the outside. No matter who tries to stand in our way
or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they
must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences
will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.
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