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On this day: May 16

POSTED: 12:19 AM PDT May 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 15, 2013 

Joan of Arc is sainted, the first Academy Awards are handed out, SpaghettiOs debut, "Pet Sounds" and "Blonde on Blonde" hit record store shelves, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Jim Henson pass away, all on this day.

OTD May 16 - Gordon Cooper
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NASA

1963: After 22 Earth orbits, L. Gordon Cooper returns to Earth by splashing down in the Mercury-Atlas 9 capsule, ending Project Mercury. Having spent more than 30 hours in space, Cooper became the first American to spend more than a day in space.

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