Anyone remember who the first man in space was? Some crazy space historians claim that someone called Yuri Gagarin was the first. But of course since he wasn't actually American and didn't bring a TV camera then that doesn't really count, does it? I mean the nation this so called "Cosmonaut" came from doesn't even exist anymore, so logically some Americans can now forget about him.
Boing Boing has a story about the first human in space, a man called Joe Kittenger who went into space in a balloon and parachuted back to Earth. Most web sites about him say he went to the edge of space, but that's close enough these days. Boing Boing, The Discovery Channel and Google Video Search can drop an embarrassing loss in the space race from history and label an American as the first man in space.
NASA may acknowledge the fact that Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, but what would they know about making good TV?
I guess history really is written by the victors.