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On this day in music history: April 24, 1961 - “Runaway” by Del Shannon hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the R&B singles chart. Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook, it is the biggest hit for the singer/songwriter from Grand Rapids, MI. Originally titled “Little Runaway”, Shannon and his bandmate Crook write and record the song a few years earlier. They re-record the song at the suggestion of their manager after signing with New York based Big Top Records. The Musitron keyboard solo (invented by Crook) becomes one of the most distinctive and memorable parts of the record. Entering the Hot 100 at #77 on March 6, 1961, climbing to the top of the chart seven weeks later. “Runaway” is later covered by numerous artists over the years including versions by Elvis Presley, Bonnie Raitt and The Traveling Wilburys. Del Shannon re-records the song himself in 1967 as “Runaway ‘67” for Liberty Records, though it does not chart on the Hot 100. The original 1961 recording of “Runaway” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.

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All 9 soviet space dogs, top to bottom:

Laika - Sputnik 2, November 3 1957: First living being to reach space, DIED IN ORBIT.

Belka and Strelka -  Sputnik 5, August 19 1960: First living beings to reach space and return ALIVE.

Pchyolka and Mushka - Sputnik 6, December 1 1960: Reached orbit, DIED ON REENTRY after a malfunction activated the capsule’s self-destruct system.

Chernushka - Sputnik 9, 9 March 1961: First dog to return alive without a fellow companion.

Zvyozdochka - Sputnik 10, 25 March 1961: Last dog to go into orbit before the first human, Yuri Gagarin, did, she was also named by him.

Veterok and Ugolyok - Cosmos 110, 22 February 1966: Lasting 22 days in orbit, it became the longest space flight by dogs, they were also the last soviet space dogs.

NASA Day of Remembrance

The twenty-four men and women who showed us that the conquest of space is worth the risk of life.

Theodore C. “Ted” Freeman: February 18, 1930 - October 31, 1964

Elliot M. See Jr. (prime crew of Gemini 9): July 23, 1927 - February 28, 1966

Charles A. “Charlie” Bassett II (prime crew of Gemini 9): December 30, 1931 - February 28,1966

Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom (Apollo 1): April 3, 1926 - January 27, 1967

Edward H. “Ed” White II (Apollo 1): November 14, 1930 - January 27, 1967

Roger B. Chaffee (Apollo 1): February 15, 1935 - January 27, 1967

Clifton C. “C.C.” Williams Jr.: September 26, 1932 - October 5, 1967

Michael J. “Mike” Adams (X-15): May 5, 1930 - November 15, 1967

Robert H. Lawrence Jr. (Manned Orbiting Laboratory): October 2, 1935 - December 8, 1967

Francis R. “Dick” Scobee (STS-51-L): May 19, 1939 - January 28, 1986

Michael J. Smith (STS-51-L): April 30, 1945 - January 28, 1986

Ellison S. Onizuka (STS-51-L): June 24, 1946 - January 28, 1986

Judith A. Resnik (STS-51-L): April 5, 1949 - January 28, 1986

Ronald E. McNair (STS-51-L): October 21, 1950 - January 28, 1986

Gregory B. “Greg” Jarvis (STS-51-L): August 24, 1944 - January 28, 1986

S. Christa McAuliffe (STS-51-L): September 2, 1948 - January 28, 1986

Manley L. “Sonny” Carter Jr.: August 15, 1947 - April 5, 1991

Rick D. Husband (STS-107): July 12, 1957 - February 1, 2003

William C. “Willie” McCool (STS-107): September 23, 1961 - February 1, 2003

David M. Brown (STS-107): April 16, 1956 - February 1, 2003

Kalpana Chawla (STS-107): July 1, 1961 - February 1, 2003

Michael P. Anderson (STS-107): December 25, 1959 - February 1, 2003

Laurel B. Clark (STS-107): March 10, 1961 - February 1, 2003

Ilan Ramon (STS-107): June 20, 1954 - February 1, 2003

Awards

Marilyn may not have ever picked up an Oscar, but her many talents were recognized in a variety of ways during her lifetime.

During her school days, Norma Jeane won a fountain pen for her essay “Dog, Man’s Best Friend.” She also received a certificate “in recognition of the personal service rendered by her as a member of the School Safety Committee” at the Sawtelle Boulevard School.

  • Working for the war effort at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory in 1945, Norma Jeane Dougherty, won an “E” certificate for excellence.
  • “Miss Press Club” 1948, from the Los Angeles Press Club
  • “Miss Cheesecake of the Year,” 1951 Stars and Stripes
  • “The Present All GIs Would Like To Find in Their Christmas Stocking,” 1951
  • “The Best Young Box Office Personality,” 1951 Henrietta Awards
  • “The Girl Most Likely to Thaw Alaska,” Soldiers posted to the Aleutians
  • “The Girls Most Wanted to Examine,” the 7th Division Medical Corps
  • “The Girls They Would Most Like to Intercept,” the All Weather Fighter Squadron 3, San Diego
  • “Cheesecake Queen of 1952,” Stars and Stripes
  • “Most Promising Female Newcomer,” 1952 Look Magazine Achievement Awards
  • “The Most Advertised Girl in the World,” February 1953, Advertising Association of the West
  • “Fastest Rising Star of 1952,” Photoplay Magazine Awards, March 9, 1953
  • “Best Young Box Office Personality,” Spring, 1953, Redbook magazine
  • “The Best Friend a Diamond Ever Had,” July 1953, the Jewelry Academy
  • “Female World Film Favorite 1953,” March 1954 Golden Globe Awards
  • “Best Actress,” March, 1954 Photoplay Magazine awards for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How To Marry A Millionaire
  • “The Thank-God Award: To Marilyn Monroe, who in a sweeping public service has made no movies this year,” 1958, Harvard Lampoon
  • Nomination for 1956 British Academy Award, “Best Foreign Actress,” for The Seven Year Itch
  • Nomination for 1958 British Academy Award, “Best Foreign Actress,” for The Prince and the Showgirl
  • “Best Foreign Actress of 1958,” 1959, David Di Donatello Prize (Italian equivalent of the Oscar), for The Prince and the Showgirl
  • “1959 Best Actress in a Comedy,” March 8, 1960 Golden Globe Awards, for Some Like It Hot
  • “Female World Film Favorite 1961,” March 1962 Golden Globe Awards

Some Like It Hot and All About Eve scored positions fourteen and sixteen respectively in the American Film Institute’s 1998 list of America’s 100 Greatest Movies. In June 1999 Marilyn came sixth in the American Film Institute’s list of the top twenty-five female stars of all time.

 Since her death, Marilyn continues to top lists and polls of sex symbols. Sporadic suggestions that she should be awarded a posthumous Academy Award continue to fall on deaf ears.

- The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor.

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M A R A U D E R S | Mary April Macdonald (April 14th, 1961 - March 23th, 1979)

She was bold and radiant as the sun. No matter when Sirius needed someone, Mary would be there. No matter when James needed a hand with hitting on Lily, she would be the one around to tell the red haired to give it a chance. No matter when Remus was feeling low, she would go an play a prank until he would find strenght to laugh. No matter when Peter would trip, she would purposely fall along with him and laugh for hours. Because those were golden years, those were the good memories. She was more alive than anyone - and when she left, the clouds ate the sun.