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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF LADEW GAR­DENS

Ladew Gar­dens will hold “Groovin’ in the Grass,” a series of fam­ily-friendly con­certs.

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