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A Brief History On January 22, 1992, NASA launched mission STS-42, the space shuttle Discovery, into space with a crew that included Ukrainian Canadian Dr. Roberta Bondar, a neurologist.  The first Canadian woman and the first neurologist to become an astronaut, Bondar is a woman of many accomplishments, and is yet another example of Canadians of Ukrainian descent (such as Alex Trebek and Wayne Gretzky) to achieve great things. Digging Deeper A highly accomplished scholar, Bondar was educated at the University of Guelph (BSc), the University of Western Ontario (MSc), the University of Toronto (PhD), and McMaster University (MD). Bondar’s…

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A Brief History On January 12, 2005, the American space exploration agency known as NASA launched a mission called Deep Impact, a probe designed to violently impact the comet Tempel 1. Digging Deeper The goal of the Deep Impact project was to have an “impactor” strike the comet hard enough to dislodge material from the comet’s core for NASA scientists to study the material that makes up the core. On July 4, 2005, the impactor performed as designed and struck the comet a mighty blow, leaving a crater and dislodging core material.  Analysis of the dislodged material revealed a greater…

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A Brief History On January 7, 1948, a Kentucky National Guard pilot, a World War II veteran, attempted to intercept a UFO along with 3 other US F-51 Mustang fighters.  Multiple reports from Ohio and Kentucky said a huge, round, white object was up there and needed to be investigated.  Three of the Mustangs finally turned back, but one unfortunate pilot kept going up and up until he lost control of his fighter, which crashed, killing the pilot. Digging Deeper Are these reports of supposedly extra-terrestrial flying objects real?  We have 17 previous articles on the subject, and the US…

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A Brief History Today, January 3, 2023, we at History and Headlines just want to send out some positive thoughts to actor Jeremy Renner and athlete Damar Hamlin, both of whom have experienced potentially life-threatening accidental injuries on January 1st and January 2nd, respectively.  In addition to entertaining millions of film and sports fans, both men have been involved in various charitable endeavors. So, we hope that they are both able to recover. Our best to their families as well. Digging Deeper On January 2, 2023, Americans were shocked when a beloved screen actor, Jeremy Renner, was reported to be…

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A Brief History On January 3, 1944, America’s leading fighter Ace of that time, Marine Major Pappy Boyington, was shot down and taken captive by the Japanese.  Today, we take a look at some of the leading fighter pilot aces of World War II by their country. Digging Deeper Top Aces of World War II: Johnnie Johnson, Britain, 38 kills Mato Dukovac, Croatia, 44 kills Ilmari Juutilainen, Finland, 94 kills Pierre Clostermann, France, 33 kills Erich Hartmann, Germany, 352 kills György Debrődy and Lajos Tóth, Hungary, 26 kills Teresio Martinoli, Italy, 22 + 14 shared kills Tetsuzō Iwamoto, Japan, 80…

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