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YOU’VE SEEN THIS ACTRESS MANY TIMES

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Susan Oliver (born Charlotte Gercke in New York City)
(February 13, 1932 – May 10, 1990)

Oliver began drama studies at Swarthmore College,
followed by professional training at the
Neighborhood
Playhouse School of the Theatre
in New York City.

After working in summer stock and regional theater,
and in unbilled bits in daytime and primetime television
shows and commercials, she made her first major TV
appearance in a supporting role in the July 31, 1955,
episode of the live drama series Goodyear TV Playhouse,
and quickly progressed to leading parts in other shows
from Star Trek to Twilight Zone.

By the late 1970s with acting opportunities coming less
frequently, Oliver turned to directing.

Susan Oliver passed away from cancer in Woodland
Hills,
Los Angeles, California. She was only 58.

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Oliver as Vina transformed into an Orion slave girl in the Star Trek episodes "The Cage" and "The Menagerie".

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In 1967, piloting her own Aero Commander 200, (above) Oliver
became the fourth woman to fly a single-engine aircraft solo 
across the Atlantic Ocean and the second to do it from New 
York City.



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FIRST AMERICAN TO WALK IN SPACE IN 1965

Outside the Gemini IV spacecraft, astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space.

 

On June 3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to walk in
space when he ventured outside the Gemini capsule into the
vacuum of the cosmos. He was among NASA’s Astronaut Group
2, an elite group of nine astronauts selected for the Gemini
program.  (Space)

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Edward Higgins White II
(November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1932

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After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands
near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic 
solo flight by a woman.

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Amelia Mary Earhart 
(July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937)
(
declared dead January 5, 1939)

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LUCKEY LINDBERGH LANDING ON THIS DAY


On May 21, 1927, 25 year old Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris’
Le Bourget Field at 10:22 p.m. local time, completing the first solo,
nonstop transatlantic flight. Aboard The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in a span of 33 ½ hours. He was greeted
in Europe by a large crowd of up to 100,000.

 

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

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SPY PLANE SHOT DOWN BY RUSSIA IN 1990

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The wreckage of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane
(top/bottom) on May 1, 1960.

An American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was
shot down while conducting espionage over the
Soviet Union.

The incident derailed an important summit meeting between
President
Dwight D. Eisenhower
and Soviet leader Nikita
Khrushchev
that was scheduled for later that month.   
     

    
    
    
 

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After being shot down, Powers (right) appeared in the dock
of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R. and was tried by the
Soviet Military Board on August 19, 1960.

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Francis Gary Powers holds a model of a U-2 spy plane as he testifies before the U.S.  Senate Armed Services Committee
after his release from Soviet prison in march 1962.

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Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977)


Powers was piloting a helicopter for Los Angeles TV station
KNBC Channel 4 over the San Fernando Valley on August 1,
1977, when the aircraft crashed, killing him and his cameraman
George Spears.

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