Sherman begins his march to the sea, FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial, Elvis Presley makes his movie debut, and Joey Buttafuoco heads to jail, all on this day.
1988: In the Soviet Union, the unmanned Shuttle Buran makes its only space flight. The shuttle's computer's memory limitations limited the flight to two orbits over the course of a little more than three hours before re-entry and a safe automatic touchdown. Russia authorized the Buran ("Snowstorm") shuttle program in 1976 in response to the United States' space shuttle program, but funding was cut after its maiden mission and canceled all together in 1993.
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