On this day: March 27

POSTED: 03:07 PM PDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 26, 2016 

Oregon wins the first NCAA men's basketball tourney, the Good Friday Earthquake rips up Alaska, Brando boycotts the Oscars, and Viagra gets FDA approval, all on this day.

OTD March 27 - Yuri Gagarin
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1968: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, who on April 12, 1961, became the first man to travel into space, dies at the age of 34 along with another pilot in the crash of a two-seat jet aircraft while on what was described as a routine training flight. At the age of 27 he rode the Vostok 1 spacecraft into space, orbiting the Earth once in one hour and 29 minutes at a maximum altitude of 187 miles. He never went into space again, instead touring the Soviet Union and training other pilots.


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