Tuesday, May 20, 2008

On May 20

1932, Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) took off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day. Born in Kansas, USA, Amelia was a distinguished pilot, author of best-sellers and a women's rights advocate. She developed friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. The two flew together, which prompted the First Lady to get a student permit. The two shared many interests and passions... In 1937 during her last flight around the globe she disappeared most mysteriously... Her fate is remarkably similar to that of Yuri Gagarin. A quote from her says it well, "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do." I would add, you decide to act only because of strong faith in yourself. Unless you have got that faith, you never find the strength to act.

1999, in Canada the Supreme Court strikes down a heterosexual definition of 'spouse' as unconstitutional.

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