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Actress Grace Kelly Marries Rainier III of Monaco

Kelly was an Oscar-winning American actress who appeared in many films, including Dial M for Murder and Rear Window. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace, an event that marked her retirement from acting. The couple had three children, one of whom, Albert II, is Monaco's reigning Sovereign Prince. Kelly died in a car accident in 1982. Why did Queen Elizabeth reportedly refuse to attend Kelly and Prince Rainier's wedding?




The Horae, whose name literally means the "Hours," are three goddesses in Greek mythology who are said to control orderly life. Traditionally, there are thought to be two generations, or sets, of Horae: Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo—the goddesses of spring, summer, and autumn—and Eunomia, Dike, and Eirene, charged with maintaining the stability of society. In addition, there are the 12 tutelary goddesses also called hours, each of which presides over an hour of the day. Who parented the Horae?

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Larry Walters, Lawn Chair Pilot

Larry Walters, or Lawnchair Larry, was an American adventurer who constructed a homemade aircraft out of a patio chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons and lifted off from his girlfriend's backyard in July 1982. He quickly rose to an unexpected height of 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) and drifted toward Long Beach Airport, where passing airplane pilots reported him to the control tower. Asked by a reporter why he did it, he replied, "A man can't just sit around." How did he make it back down?

Last updated on Sunday, 19th April 2009

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