... 1991, the World Health Organization officially removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. To commemorate the event, today is recognized as the International Day Against Homophobia.
... 2006, "at 6:55 p.m. local time, 24 kilometres west of Kandahar city," Afghanistan, Captain Nichola Goddard of the Canadian Army was killed "in a lengthy firefight with Taliban insurgents." She was the 1st woman and 16th Canadian to die during the conflict there. Lisa LaFlamme of CTV, who'd been embedded in Goddard's unit for a year, recalled that Goddard (left) said she'd joined for the simple reason that "'I needed a job, I had no money'"; however, "'somewhere along the way I fell in love with it. I'm probably a lifer now.'" At the time of her death Goddard, 26, who'd been born in Papua New Guinea, was among just over 200 women serving in Afghanistan. LaFlamme wrote of Goddard:
She had the respect, which I think is the most important thing, of her all-male platoon. Nobody questioned her. What she said went; they totally respected her decisions and knew that they were in good hands with her.