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White's spacewalk outside Gemini 4
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14 November

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1930: On 14 November 1930, Edward H White was born.

White was the first US astronaut to walk in space, on board Gemini 4, launched on 3 June 1965. During the third orbit, White emerged from the spacecraft, floated in space for about 20 minutes, and became the first person to propel himself in space with a manoeuvering unit.

Two years later, on 27 January 1967, White was one of the three-man crew of Apollo 1, who were killed in a fire on the launchpad during a test of their capsule.

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