The world got a little more glamorous on May 4, 1929.
That’s when Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston was born near Brussels, Belgium. Who’s that? You may know her as the young actress who made her Broadway debut in “Gigi” or the lead in the 1953 film “Roman Holiday.” Yes, we are talking about the award-winning Audrey Hepburn, who also appeared in such hits as “Sabrina” (1954), “Funny Face” (1957) and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961).
In addition to her film work, Hepburn was known for her devotion to charitable causes, most notably UNICEF, the United Nation’s children’s fund, for which she was named a special ambassador in 1988.
Speaking of glamour,
it was on May 5, 1921, that Chanel No. 5 was released to select clientele in Chanel rue Cambon boutique. Created by Coco Chanel in 1920, Chanel No. 5 was designed to epitomize the modern, independent woman.
And a bit of history hap- pened on May 5, 1961. That’s when Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space.
flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for NASA.
Of course, it wouldn’t be until July 1969 that Apollo 11 would take U.S. astronauts to the surface of the moon.