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Alan Shepard

July 23, 1998
Sometimes Bad News is international. Sadly, Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut to go into space, died on July 22. In Germany, the television channel VOX reported that Shepard was the "first man that flew into space". Actually, he was the second. 23 days earlier, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. If this were an American broadcast I wouldn't be surprised, since we sometimes seem to have a U.S.-centric view of things. But this was Germany! My thanks to Bad Reader Nils Jeppe for bringing this to my attention. Did any other Deutschlanders see this broadcast and can confirm this?



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