Reflections of History

May 5th: The First American In Space

May 5th: The First American In Space

Reflections of History - May 5, 2022 - 04:43

On May 5th 1961, Navy Commander Alan Shepard, Jr., became the first American to travel in space.

Previous Episode

May 4th: The First Freedom Ride

May 4, 2022 - 06:03
On May 4, 1961, the first Freedom Ride leaves Washington, D.C., for the segregated South.

Next Episode

May 6th: The Hindenburg Explodes

May 6, 2022 - 04:33
On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg exploded as it prepared to make mooring at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people.

About The Show

C13Originals and Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Jon Meacham, co-creators of the 2021 Webby Award-winning Best Podcast Series It Was Said and the acclaimed podcast Hope, Through History, join together again for a brand-new series that will guide listeners through critical moments in our history. Every Monday through Friday, Meacham travels back to impactful events that occurred on that date in history—the birth of a visionary filmmaker, the debut of an iconic athlete, the discovery of a lifesaving cure, a triumphant legal victory. You’ll learn how that event shaped politics, art, culture, sports and science, and why it’s still relevant today.