1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier.
The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, and NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way, but different methods yield distances between 15 and 35 million light-years. Messier 51 is one of the best known galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion, NGC 5195, are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.
1952 – Mundo Earwood, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)
Raymond “Mundo” Earwood (October 13, 1952 – April 21, 2014) was an American country music singer-songwriter. Earwood’s eponymous debut album was released by Excelsior Records in 1981. His most successful single, “Things I’d Do for You”, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1978. For a time, he also recorded as Mundo Ray.
Earwood was born in Del Rio, Texas. After graduating high school in Corpus Christi, he enrolled in San Jacinto Junior College but soon moved to Houston where he hired a band, and began playing for $8 at any venue that would book him. Earwood released several records on a small Houston label. His manager took him to Nashville to cut his first major national release, “Behind Blue Eyes”, which was initially released on Earwood’s own label, Raywood, and eventually sold to the Royal American label, where it spent eight weeks at #1 on the Houston radio charts, six months total on the Houston charts, and a long tenure on the national charts.
He went on to release “Let’s Hear it for Loneliness”, “Lonesome Is a Cowboy” and “I Can Give You Love”. In 1978, “Things I’d Do For You” soared to #18 on the Billboard country chart. This period also produced “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”, “Angelene”, and “My Heart is Not My Own”. During his career, he appeared on the Billboard charts 23 times.
Mundo Earwood was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and a fibrous histiocytoma tumor in 2013, which led to his death at the age of 61.
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This is King Island, and these are the improbable cliff-hanging houses of Ukivok that a displaced community once called home. In 1959, the Bureau of India Affairs made the decision to close King Island’s only school at the heart of the village. There was a large boulder on top of the rocky island that they believed was ready to fall and crush the school in its path. With the children left without a school, families were forced to seek education for them on the mainland and given no choice but to move from their homes and start a new way of life. The last natives left their homeland in 1970.
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