On this day:

1946: Syria gains independence from France

1955: Polio vaccine declared safe by FDA

1961: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

Born on this day:

1911: Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, born in Cairo

Gone on this day:

1962: M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom)

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