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  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    On July 17th, 2014 a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine - killing all 298 people aboard (283 passengers 15 crew). The Boeing 777 plane crashed down close to the city of Donetsk, a s...

  • The First Gay Rights Parade

    In commemoration of the Stonewall Riots and to draw attention to the need for legislation that protected the gay community from police brutality, the Gay Liberation Front, an activist organization, or...

  • The AIDS Crisis in the United States

    The first instances of individuals in the U.S. falling ill due to the effects of AIDS were reported in the early 1980s after a group of men was diagnosed with rare forms of cancer and pneumonia. The o...

  • The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

    In 2001, seven same-sex couples initiated a lawsuit arguing that denying same-sex couples equal marriage rights was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts state constitution. The court ruled in agre...

  • The Death of Matthew Shepard

    On October 6, 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard met Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson in Laramie, Wyo., where he was enrolled as a student at the University of Wyoming. The two pretended to be gay ...

  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)

    From 1993-2011, the United States armed forces maintained the policy that members of the LGBT community could serve in the military as long as they did not discuss their sexuality. The law, known as D...

  • The Stonewall Riots

    The riots took place at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. While spontaneous, the demonstrations against the police raid on June 28, 1969 are generally considered to be th...

  • Obamacare

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known better as Obamacare is a United States federal statute signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The purpose of the act is to improve th...

  • Wright Brothers First Flight

    On December 17, 1903, Wright Brothers (Wilbur and Orville) accomplished the first successful test flight of the ‘Flyer’ they designed and made themselves, on a hill just outside Kitty Hawk, North ...

  • Geotagging

    Geotagging is the process of assigning a geographic location to a photos' (EXIF) data. The geographic information ‘tagged’ includes details such as the latitude and longitude coordinates or city/s...

  • Deforestation

    Deforestation is considered a major cause of global warming and is responsible for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the total gas emissions of world’s combined means...

  • Ramadan

    Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims. The first verses of the Ko...

  • Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture that lies in the middle of New York Harbor. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi the statue was given to America as gift from the people ...

  • The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

    On the night of March 24-25, 1944, 200 prisoners of the German airforce-run World War II prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III attempted to escape in a camp-wide plan that had been in effect for a year...

  • John Gerard’s Escape from the Tower of London

    As a Jesuit priest living during the Elizabethan period in England, John Gerard’s religious beliefs and his efforts to preach the Catholic mission were against the law. He avoided English authoritie...

  • The Helicopter Prison Escapes of Pascal Payet

    French criminal Pascal Payet was sent to prison in 1999 for his participation in a 1997 attack on an armored car during which a guard was killed. In 2001, Payet, in his first of three escapes from pri...

  • The Great Libby Prison Escape

    Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va., was known during the Civil War for its overcrowded conditions, rations so little prisoners starved to death and general cruelty of the commanders. As conditions steadil...

  • Frank Abagnale Jr’s Escape from Prison

    By 1971, Frank Abagnale Jr. had posed as a pilot, a physician and an attorney before being apprehended by the FBI and sent to the Federal Detention Center in Atlanta. The combination of an increase in...

  • Napoleon’s Escape from Elba

    Following a failed campaign in Russia, the people of France forced Napoleon to abdicate his throne, and the former emperor was sent into exile on the island of Elba in the spring of 1814. Acting on ru...

  • Escape from Alcatraz

    On June 11, 1962, three inmates of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary escaped the island prison in San Francisco Bay. Brothers Alfred and John Anglin and Frank Morris planned for almost a year with a fourt...

 

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