The American Civil War begins, FDR passes away, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.
1989: Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album is released. It peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. country album chart and reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart. The album featured his first two No. 1 country chart hits, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance," and also featured the top 10 hits "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" and "Not Counting You."