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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

The sub­or­bital

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.

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