Monday, June 9, 2008

On June 9

On this day in ...
... 1954, in Washington, D.C., 1954, the tide turned against U.S. Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.), who had spearheaded a Cold War Red Scare. When McCarthy (above, at right) attacked a colleague of Army counsel Joseph N. Welch (above, at left), stating that the colleague "had been a member of the National Lawyers Guild 'long after it had been exposed as the legal arm of the Communist party,'" Welch retorted:
'Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?'
Text and audio of the McCarthy-Welch exchange are here.
... 1949, Dr. Kiran Bedi (below right) was born in Amritsar, India. In 1972, she became the 1st woman in India's Police Service, a career she pursued until her retirement last year. The onetime tennis champion earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Social Sciences of the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi in 1993. She has worked extensively with the United Nations, as the Police Advisor to the Secretary-General in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations and as India's representative in forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms, and women’s issues. Awarded the 1994 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service -- an honor sometimes called the Asian Nobel Prize -- Bedi has founded 2 NGOS, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation.

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