#602 Gordon Cooper / Gabriel García Márquez – 6 March 1927

Gordon Cooper

Gordon Cooper

Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury space flight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission.

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (born March 6, 1927) is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He has written many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Cooper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_García_Márquez


Also born on this day:
Eddie Fontaine was an American actor and singer.
William J. Bell was an American screenwriter and television producer.
Norman Treigle was an American operatic bass-baritone.
Samuel Schoenbaum was a leading 20th century Shakespearean biographer.
Henning Bjerregaard is a Danish former amateur football player.
Jim Owens was an American football player and coach.
Klaas Bolt was a Dutch organist and improviser.
J. Elmer Blanchard was a lawyer and political figure on Prince Edward Island.
Douglas Hambidge  was the seventh Bishop of Caledonia and New Westminster.

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