Cooperation was key on this day in 1995.
On June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. The U.S. and Russia had been rivals during the space age. Now working together, this docking marked a crucial step toward the construction of the International Space Station now in orbit.
It was also the 100th human space mission in American history.
Speaking of American history, it was on June 30, 1936, that Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” was published. In addition to being one of the best-selling novels of all time, the book also served as the basis for the blockbuster 1939 movie of the same name.
Fans of the movie and book may be surprised to learn the heroine’s name wasn’t always Scarlett. It was Pansy O’Hara.
Sadly, it was on the same day in 2003 that “Make Way for Ducklings” author Robert McCloskey died. The children’s author and illustrator was behind such classics as “Blueberries for Sal,” “One Morning in Maine” and “Time of Wonder.”
July 1, 2005, saw a passing of another kind. It was then that the last Thunderbird, Ford Motor Company’s iconic sports car, rolled off the production line.
Ford began its development of the Thunderbird in the years following World War II. However, in the early 2000s, sales of the new Thunderbird couldn’t justify continued production, and Ford discontinued it again in mid-2005.
Ladew Gardens will hold “Groovin’ in the Grass,” a series of family-friendly concerts.