On this day in 1961 Sputnik 9 was launched. The spacecraft contained a dummy named Ivan Ivanovich (which is the Russian equivalent of 'John Doe') which was used to show that it would be safe to send a human into space.
And now the news:
Alien-life claims spark monster mud-slinging
Critically endangered monk seal pup rescued
Orca sighting unnerves triathlete
Tiger kills lion in Turkish zoo