Archive for May 16th, 2011

LAST MERCURY FLIGHT ON THIS DATE IN 1963

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gordon cooper

Astronaut Gordon Cooper (above) was launched into space on May 15,
1963 aboard the Mercury-Atlas  (Faith 7) spacecraft. After 22 Earth orbits,
34 hours, 19 minutes and 49 seconds, traveling 546,167 miles, Cooper
logged more time in space than all five previous Mercury astronaut’s
combined. His return to Earth brought Project Mercury to a close.

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Gordon Cooper preparing  to enter the Faith 7 capsule for his mission.

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The Mercury Atlas 9 rocket leaving the launch pad.

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FIRST ACADEMY AWARDS ON THIS DATE 1929

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First-awards

The first Academy Award ceremony was held (above) at the Hotel Roosevelt
in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements for the 1927/1928 film
season. Tickets cost $10 to attend and the ceremony lasted a total of five
minutes. There were 15 awards vs. 25 today.

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Douglas Fairbanks with Janet Gaynor who received the first award for
best performances among actresses in Seventh Heaven, Sunrise and
The Street Angel.

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PASTA DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1965

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The pasta SpaghettiO’s was created by Heinz Ficher and Donald Goerke
(below) after a year-long internal study of the appropriate shape for a kid-
friendly spaghetti. Rejected shapes included cowboys, spacemen, stars,
and sports shapes. The new product was introduced by the Campbell Soup
Company under the Franco-American brand.

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Business executive and food developer Donald Goerke, inventor of SpaghettiO’s.

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HENRY FONDA ~ (MAY 16, 1905 – AUG. 12, 1982)

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henry fonda later

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1940

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1957

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1980

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FIRST NICKLES ON THIS DATE IN 1866

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first 5 cent piece

The Shield nickel, designed by James B. Longacre,Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint (below). It was the first nickel five-cent piece minted in the United States.

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                                            James B. Longacre

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