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Earth welcomes back a hero

Hollie Newton • May 17, 2013 at 7:30 AM

50 years ago, 1963: Major Gordon Cooper was reported in excellent condition after orbiting the earth 22 times in his Faith 7 Spaceship. He reported being a bit woozy after splashdown, when he finished his 34-hour trip into space. The failure of an electrical system did nothing to deter the astronaut from making a perfect landing in the Pacific Ocean.

25 years ago, 1988: The drug program called "Zero Tolerance" initiated by the Reagan administration, stepped up sweeping attacks on what it believed were 23 million regular drug users in the U.S. through arrests of people possessing small amounts of narcotics, increased seizures of property and passports, and a testing program for government employees.

10 years ago, 2003: Thirty-five years after his plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Laos, the remains of Sandusky's Arthur "Charlie" Buck a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy, were recovered and sent back to the area to be laid to rest. Sandusky's only Vietnam War serviceman once classified as missing in action was officially listed as killed in action.

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