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July 23, 2012 |
In the early days of the space program, astronauts were ex-Marines, Air Force officers and hot-shot pilots. Sally Ride got there a little differently: She answered a want ad. In the late 1970s, NASA decided that, in addition to pilots, it needed some astronauts with more training in the sciences. More than 8,300 applied for a position, and she was one of only 35 chosen. Why, she later said, was a "complete mystery. " Ride went on to become the first American woman sent into space, the youngest American sent into space and the first woman to make two trips.
January 8, 2011 |
After days of contradictory reports citing unnamed officials, an Iranian security official Saturday publicly confirmed the arrest of a female American described as an alleged spy along its border with Armenia. Deputy national border police Cmdr. Amir-Ahmad Geravand told reporters that a 34-year-old American woman named Hal Talaian was arrested near the border town of Jolfa along the Iran-Armenian border, according to Iran's state-controlled Al-Alam television and the semi-official Fars news agency.
June 5, 2013 |
The gang rape of a 30-year-old American woman in India on Tuesday is the latest horrific reminder that women travel in a more dangerous world than men. The woman was visiting a mountainous tourist area in northern India when she found herself stranded. She hitched a ride with three young men in a truck who drove her to a remote spot, took turns sexually assaulting her and then dumped her by a bridge in the wee hours of the morning. It's easy to say she was foolish to hitchhike in a country where there have recently been several highly-publicized attacks on women, but that does not in the slightest justify the way the woman was treated.
March 12, 2009 |
For a while, Lindsey Vonn was famous for a horrifying fall during a training run for the Turin Olympic downhill ski race. Now, she's famous for standing atop the podium -- a lot. Vonn, of Vail, Colo., on Wednesday became the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title twice, clinching her second successive crown by winning the last downhill of the season in Are, Sweden. Vonn, who won two gold medals at this year's world championships, finished the course in 1 minute 42.
July 23, 2005 |
The Berlin Philharmonic has named Pamela Rosenberg, general director of the San Francisco Opera, as the first woman and first American to serve as its administrative director, a spokeswoman said Friday. Orchestra director Sir Simon Rattle said he welcomed the board's decision. Rosenberg, 60, a native of Los Angeles, has served as general director of the San Francisco Opera since 2001.
February 16, 1989 |
An American woman was shot in the head and killed while driving her car in north Lebanon, one of her friends said today. Gail Pascoe Harfoush, 38, a native of Washington, D.C., was killed Wednesday afternoon as she drove her Mercedes-Benz from Tripoli to the village of Burj Akkar, 25 miles away, said her friend, Marilyn Rashka. Rashka said Harfoush was shot twice in the head and neck. The motive for the killing was unknown.