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On this day – April 13

Posted on: Tue 13 Apr 2021

On this day in history:

The saying “Houston, we have a problem” was born on this day in 1970, when an oxygen tank exploded 56 hours into the Apollo 13 mission to the moon.

The astronauts survived , as they safely splashed down in the pacific ocean, after four days travelling in a damaged space craft.

They didn’t make it to the moon, but at least they got a good quote out of it.

Also on this day in history, a New Zealander sheared 565 sheep in 1 work day in 1964.

And finally, in 1960, France becomes the 4th nuclear nation by exploding an atomic bomb in Sahara.

This was to study the immediate effects, and nobody was in range of the explosion.

Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis speak to Breakfast producer Kate Johnson about what happened on this day in history.

Produced by Kate Johnson

Image Source: Picryl


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