Friday, January 30, 2009

On January 30

On this day in ...

... 1929 (80 years ago today), Dr. Lucille Teasdale-Corti (right) was born in Montreal. After completing her medical training in Canada and France, she and her husband, also a physician, spent their lives working to improve health care in Uganda. The couple practiced surgery, established a nursing school, trained surgical residents, and treated victims and combatants harmed in the country's civil war. Teasdale-Corti contracted AIDS while performing an operation in 1982, and she died from that disease in 1996. (photo credit)

... 2003, a U.S. judge sentenced Briton Richard Reid to life-plus-110-years in prison. Dubbed the "shoe bomber" "after he tried to blow up a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami," Reid is serving his post-conviction incarceration at the U.S. "Supermax" prison in Colorado (left). Meanwhile, nearly every non-U.S. citizen held at the U.S. naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of terrorism has yet to stand trial. (photo credit)

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