April 13: Oxygen Tank Explodes on Apollo 13

Apr 13, 2012 7:02pm

1970 Apollo 13 in Trouble

An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, causing the shuttle to lose electricity.  The lunar mission was aborted as NASA scrambled to bring the astronauts home safely.  Astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean April 17, 1970.

 

1981 Youth Riot in London

High unemployment among Brixton’s youth was a factor in a violent clash with police.  Hundreds of people were injured during the riots, and fire damaged 30 buildings.

 

1986 Pope John Paul II Visits Synagogue of Rome

Pope John Paul II was the first modern pope to pray in a synagogue.  The Vatican stressed that the pope’s visit was motivated by religion, not politics.

 

Famous Birthdays

1946 Al Green

1950 Ron Perlman

1963 Garry Kasparov

1964 Caroline Rhea

1970 Rick Schroder

1976 Jonathan Brandis

1976 Glenn Howerton

1978 Kyle Howard

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