The American Civil War begins, FDR dies, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.
1988: Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California. He would serve a four-year term as mayor and be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, a position he would hold until his death on Jan. 5, 1998.
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