Tagged: Pakistan

YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT

July 12th in history:

Malala Yousafzai

On this day in 1862, members of Congress authorized the Medal of Honor to be given by the U.S. Army for acts of valor.  More than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded, with nearly half going to people who served in the Civil War.  As of 2018, Civil War physician Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman to receive the medal.

Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro made history on this day in 1984, when Walter Mondale announced that she would be his running mate in the presidential election. Ferraro was a former school teacher who became a lawyer and eventually a representative from New York. She became the first woman nominated for vice-president by a major party.

Political activist Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan has traveled the world, advocating education for young girls. Malala, born on this day in 1997, survived being shot in the head during an assassination attempt to stop her campaign to let girls attend school. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her, at age 17, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

The sons and daughters of the King of Siam are taught by governess Anna Leonowens in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I.” Oscar Hammerstein II, born on July 12th, 1895, wrote the book and lyrics to “King and I” and other famous musicals, including “Show Boat,” “The Sound of Music,” and “South Pacific.”

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STONEWALL AND THE ROCK

May 2nd in history:

Rock and Engelbert

The search for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden ended with a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2nd, 2011.  Bin Laden and four other people were shot and killed by Navy SEALs under cover of darkness.  It was still May 1st in the U.S., when President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death on television.  The raid was dramatized in the 2012 film “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was shot by his own troops on May 2nd, 1863, at the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.  The troops reportedly mistook Jackson and his companions for Union soldiers.  Jackson died eight days later.

German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known by the nickname “The Red Baron,” shot down 80 enemy pilots during the first World War.  The Baron was born on this date in 1892.  Other people born on May 2nd who became famous under assumed names: British singer Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey in 1936), and pro wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (1972).