Archive for April 16th, 2012

GIANT PANDAS ARRIVED ON THIS DAY IN 1972

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First Lady Pat Nixon attending the reception ceremony

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From left: Giant Pamdas Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing

Two Giant Pandas were given to the United States as gifts by the government of
China following President Richard Nixon‘s visit in 1972. In return, the U.S. sent 
China a pair of musk oxen.The Pandas arrived at the National Zoo in Washington,
D.C.
at a ceremony attended by
First Lady Pat Nixon. During their time at the Zoo,
the pair had five cubs, but none of them survived past a few days.

Ling-Ling died suddenly from heart failure in December 1992, at which time she was
the longest-lived giant panda in captivity outside China. Hsing-Hsing would go on to
pass her record when he was euthanized by zookeepers in November 1999 at the
age of 28 due to painful kidney failure.

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HE BECAME A NEWS ICON ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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On April 16, 1962, Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News (initially Walter Cronkite with the News). The program expanded
from 15 to 30 minutes on September 2, 1963, making Cronkite the anchor of network 
television’s first nightly half-hour news program.

 

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Douglas Edwards

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THE LAUNCH OF APOLLO 16 ON THIS DAY IN 1972

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Onboard are astronauts John Young (CDR), Ken Mattingly (CMP) and Charlie Duke (lmp)

Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the Apollo space program, the fifth and 
to
land on the Moon and the first to land in the lunar highlands. The mission lasted eleven days, one hour, and fifty-one minutes, and concluded at 2:45 PM EST on
April 27

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