Browsing: March 10

A Brief History On March 10, 2018, as we have done every March 10 since 1990, Americans celebrate Harriet Tubman Day, a holiday signed into law on March 9, 1990, by President George HW Bush. Tubman, an escaped African American slave, famously made 13 rescue missions into the slave holding Southern states to rescue at least 70 slaves via her network for escaped slaves known as the “Underground Railroad.” An advocate for the abolition of slavery, Tubman also served as a Union spy during the American Civil War and advocated for women’s suffrage after the Civil War. While you may…

A Brief History On March 10, 1913, American abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman died of pneumonia. Just as we have some men that have shaped the course of history, we also have some women who changed the status quo. Whether it is a major scientific discovery, a life work on charity, or a fight for human and civil rights, there are many women who have stamped their name in history and will continue to be remembered for generations to come. With a true display of passion, strength, and leadership, these women showed that their place is not just “in the kitchen”, and what men…

A Brief History On March 10, 1978, the Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter bomber made its first flight.  This lightweight, multi-role, single engine jet fighter would go on to serve as the backbone of the French Air Force fighters and also with 8 other countries. Digging Deeper Produced from 1978 to 2007, just over 600 of these jets were built at a cost of about $23 million each.  The Mirage 2000 is an evolutionary heir to the Mirage III, and the basis for development of the larger, heavier, twin engine Mirage 4000.  The Mirage 2000 is more or less the French…

A Brief History On March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., he claimed he did not commit only 3 days later! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. shot to death by a sniper on April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of his Memphis hotel. In the ensuing frantic search for the perpetrator, a rifle owned by Ray was found across the street and Ray was quickly identified as a suspect.  A convicted armed robber, Ray was an escapee from prison in 1967 with…

A Brief History On March 10, 1831, King Louis Phillipe of France established the world-famous Foreign Legion (Légion Étrangère) to help with the pacification of Algeria. Digging Deeper Commanded by French officers, the troops are made up chiefly of foreigners, although French citizens are also allowed to join.  (As of 2007, French citizens make up approximately 25% of new recruits.)  Current members come from around 140 different countries! Though women have been allowed to join the Legion since the year 2000, a woman has yet to do so.  An elite fighting corps feared and respected world wide, the Legion puts its men through a…