Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

This Day in History: ALCOCK AND BROWN EMBARK ON FIRST NONSTOP TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT (1919)


Alcock and Brown Embark on First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight (1919)

In 1918, the Daily Mail newspaper renewed its £10,000 prize for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The next year, British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown claimed it after completing a treacherous 16-hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Along the way, Brown had to repeatedly climb onto the wings of their biplane to remove ice, and snow filled the open cockpit. Upon reaching Ireland, they attempted to land in what they thought was a field, but it turned out to be what? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE (1904)


Margaret Bourke-White (1904)

One of the original staff photographers at Time, Life, and Fortunemagazines, Bourke-White was noted for her coverage of World War II. The first woman photographer to serve with US armed forces, she 

[ B ] Margaret Bourke-White - Louisville Flood...

[ B ] Margaret Bourke-White – Louisville Flood (1937) (Photo credit: Cea.)

photographed the liberation of Buchenwald and was the only foreign correspondent in Moscow during the German invasion. Her pictures of the rural American South and her portraits of world leaders are also celebrated. What actress portrayed her in the movie GandhiMore…

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White (Photo credit: TheBeachSaint)

 

WHO SAYS DIESEL EXHAUST DEFINITELY CAUSES CANCER


WHO Says Diesel Exhaust Definitely Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that exhaust from diesel engines is definitely a cause oflung cancer in humans. The IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, had previously labeled diesel exhaust fumes as “probably carcinogenic.” The new label is based on research on workers in high-risk occupations, such as truck driving and mining. Such workers are believed to have a 40 percent higher chance of developing lung cancer. However, the expert panel recommends that everyone avoid exposure to diesel exhaust. More… Discuss