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30NOV1954, the cosmos decides to throw a rock at Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges as she's minding her own business, taking an afternoon nap.

 

Lucius Alexander

 

The palindromedary says that made her the first documented human being injured by an object of extraterrestrial origin.

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Fifty years ago today, Apollo 8 launched.  The mission was "simply" a lap to lunar orbit and back, with no landing attempt intended.  But it was the first inhabited spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit.

 

And it changed the world and how we think of it, if for no other reason than the unprecedented and stunningly beautiful Earthrise picture captured by Bill Anders while in lunar orbit.

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Also, one of the Puget Sound's more infamous native sons, serial killer Ted Bundy, was executed in Florida on this day in 1989.   Hundreds just outside the prison cheered the execution as it happened.

 

I got to the University of Washington in Seattle in the fall of 1974, only a couple of months after Bundy fled the state after things were getting too hot for him in Washington.  Some women were carrying firearms that summer during that terror.  A female colleague while I was in grad school said she had met him once in Florida and decided "he was weird" and avoided getting killed by him.

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On this date in 1936, The Green Hornet begins his radio adventures in Detroit. Created by George W. Trendle and writer Fran Strikerk. Britt Reid, Kato and others soon make the transition to such other media as movies and comic books.

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