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July 2
What Goes Up Must Come Down Day


July 2, 1843 - An alligator falls from the sky during a Charleston, South Carolina, thunderstorm.

July 2, 1900 - Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's first airship takes flight.

July 2, 1926 - The United State Army Air Corps is created and the Distinguished Flying Cross authorized.

July 2, 1937 - Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean.

July 2, 1940 - Georgi Ivan Ivanov, the first Bulgarian space traveler, is born.

July 2, 1943 - Lieutenant Charles Hall becomes the first black pilot to shoot down a Nazi airplane.

July 2, 1947 - Roswell, New Mexico, incident.

July 2, 1952 - Linda M. Godwin, US astronaut, is born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

July 2, 1955 - Ed Wood premiers his unbelieveably bad film, "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Ed Wood will have an entire Saint Report devoted to him one of these days.

July 2, 1982 - The late Larry Walters (he died a couple years ago of unrelated causes), recipient of the 1997 Darwin Award, attaches 42 helium balloons to a lawn chair, and over-realizes his dream of flight by spending almost 24 hours at 11,000 feet with only a six-pack of Miller and a few cokes for sustenance.

Coincidence?

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Saints celebrating feast days July 2 include, but are not limited to, Processus, Martinian (patron of prison guards--I know, we just had one of those; invoked againstdemonic possession, infirmity, and perjury), Monegundis, and Otto of Bamberg.

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Today's birthdays include Walter Brennan (1894-1974), Cheryl Ladd (1952), and Polly Holliday (1937).

Imelda Marcos was born on this day in 1939. When she and her husband made their hasty getaway from the Philippines in 1986, she left over 2,000 pairs of size 8-1/2 shoes and around 50 identical black bras. "Well, I can certainly understand about the bras," my friend the other Marilyn remarked at the time. "You know how hard it is to find one that fits?"



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Marilyn Jones 2000-2008