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    Pierre Curie born 15 May 1859;
    French physical chemist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903.

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    May 15, 1756; the Seven Years War begins when England declares war on France.
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    May 15, 1962; astronaut Gordon Cooper is launched into space aboard Faith 7, the 6th and last flight of the Mercury program. He completed 22 orbits over a span of 34 hours and became the first American to spend more than a day in space. He was also the last American to travel alone into space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
    May 15, 1962; astronaut Gordon Cooper is launched into space aboard Faith 7, the 6th and last flight of the Mercury program. He completed 22 orbits over a span of 34 hours and became the first American to spend more than a day in space. He was also the last American to travel alone into space.
    After watching Chris Hadfield I can see why they send chaperones

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    May 16, 2011: STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour.
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    May 17, 1970: Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
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    17th May, 1943 is the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid when 3 dams in Germany were attacked. BBC Radio 2 is dedicating special programmes in memory today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...ambusters.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Brown View Post
    17th May, 1943 is the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid when 3 dams in Germany were attacked. BBC Radio 2 is dedicating special programmes in memory today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...ambusters.html

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    I've got the Dambusters movie on DVD. I've also read Guy Gibson's book Enemy Coast Ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post

    I've got the Dambusters movie on DVD. I've also read Guy Gibson's book Enemy Coast Ahead.
    Johnny Johnson, now aged about 90, was interviewed yesterday. He looks very fit.

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    May 17, 1943; the B-17 bomber "Memphis Belle" and it's crew become the first to complete 25 bombing missions.
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