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.
1934: The strongest surface wind gust in the world at 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The record would stand for 62 years until it was surpassed by a 253 mph gust recorded during Tropical Cyclone Olivia at Barrow Island in Western Australia on April 10, 1996.
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