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PORTLAND POSTCARD ~ 1909

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CAROL CHANNING TURNED 90 TODAY

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Carol Elaine Channing ,born in Seattle, Washington, is a singer, actress, and comedienne . She has received three Tony Awards (including one for lifetime achievement), a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Channing is best
remembered for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of
bombshell Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and matchmaking
widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly!

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THIRD MOON LANDING ON THIS DAY IN 1971

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Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program , the third to land on
the Moon. It was the last of the "H missions", targeted landings with two-day stays on
the Moon with two lunar EVA’s, or moonwalks. The crew for the nine-day mission included , from left to right, Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Commander Alan
Shepard, and Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa. Shepard and Mitchell made their lunar landing on February  5 in an area originally targeted for the aborted Apollo 13 mission. During the two lunar EVS’s, 93 pounds of Moon rocks were collected and several surface  experiments were conducted. Commander Shepard hit two golf
balls while on the lunar surface with a make-shift club he brought from Earth.

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       Commander Alan Shepard hitting a golf ball on the lunar surface

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                          Autographed golf ball used by Shepard

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U.S. ENTERED SPACE AGE ON THIS DATE IN 1958

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Pictured above is an animation of the Explorer orbiting Earth and a scale model of the
satellite being held up by (left to right) William Pickering, James Von Allen, and Wernher 
Von Braun. 

Explorer 1  was the first Earth satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in an international scientific project. The mission followed the first two
Earth satellites the previous year, the Soviet Union’s Sputnic l and 2, beginning the
Cold War Space Race between the two nations.

Explorer 1 was launched  atop the first Juno booster from at the Cape Canaveral, Florida. It returned data until its batteries were exhausted after nearly four months. It remained in orbit until 1970.

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COMPOSER JOHN BARRY DEAD AT 77

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Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote music for a dozen James Bond films, including "You Only Live Twice" and "Goldfinger" and developed the twanging guitar riff in the suave spy’s theme music, has died. He was 77.

Barry died in New York, where he had lived for some time, on Sunday, his family said. The family did not release the cause of death.(AP)

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