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Bert Trautmann breaks neck during FA Cup Final

He literally put his neck on the lineGrumpy, sports-loving cynics often state that they don't make footballers like they used to. These days they are spoiled, pampered millionaires, while previously they were tough, hardworking he-men who would smoke pipes while they played and did a shift down the foundry during half time.

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U.S. sends the first American into space

On this day in 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NA... Read more >