FYI October 11, 2017


1767 – Surveying for the Mason–Dixon line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania is completed.
The Mason–Dixon line, also called the Mason and Dixon line or Mason’s and Dixon’s line, was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the resolution of a border dispute involving Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware in Colonial America. It is still a demarcation line among four U.S. states, forming part of the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia (originally part of Virginia before 1863).

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1872 – Emily Davison, English educator and activist (d. 1913)
Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) was a suffragette who fought for votes for women in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century. A member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and a militant fighter for her cause, she was arrested on nine occasions, went on hunger strike seven times and was force fed on forty-nine occasions. She died after being hit by King George V’s horse Anmer at the 1913 Epsom Derby when she walked onto the track during the race.

Davison grew up in a middle-class family, and studied at Royal Holloway College, London, and St Hugh’s College, Oxford, before taking jobs as a teacher and governess. She joined the WSPU in November 1906 and became an officer of the organisation and a chief steward during marches. She soon became known in the organisation for her daring militant action; her tactics included breaking windows, throwing stones, setting fire to postboxes and, on three occasions, hiding overnight in the Palace of Westminster—including on the night of the 1911 census. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the union. A procession of 5,000 suffragettes and their supporters accompanied her coffin and 50,000 people lined the route through London; her coffin was then taken by train to the family plot in Morpeth, Northumberland.

Davison was a staunch feminist and passionate Christian, and considered that socialism was a moral and political force for good. Much of her life has been interpreted through the manner of her death. She gave no prior explanation for what she planned to do at the Derby and the uncertainty of her motives and intentions has affected how she has been judged by history. Several theories have been put forward, including accident, suicide, or an attempt to pin a suffragette banner to the king’s horse; none has ever been proven.

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By Air Force Airman 1st Class Kaylee Dubois, 633rd Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Army Helicopter Pilot Teaches New Generation of Aviators
The once young boy from Argentina with a dream of flying found his place in a nation that allowed him to experience the world. Now he prides himself in protecting that nation, giving back to fellow countrymen who fueled his desire to serve.
“There’s nothing like flying in the U.S.,” Basabilbaso said. “The people you meet when stopping for fuel or at a temporary duty station are like no others; genuine Americans who never fail to thank us for what we do.”
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

By Anne Victoria Clark: The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment
It’s as clear cut as this: Treat all women like you would treat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
 
 
 
 
By Scott Neuman: Nobel Goes To American Richard Thaler For Work In Behavioral Economics
 
 
 
 
By Anne Easton: In Oprah’s New Show, Mass Incarceration Hits Home
 
 
 
 

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By Bob: Man sends a perfect letter 14 years in the making
 
 
 
 
By Kristen Lee: What It Takes To Launch One Of The Toughest Off-Road Races In America
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By Andrew Liszewski: Watch a Pack of Adorable Arctic Fox Pups Destroy a Documentary Filmmaker’s Camera

 
 
 
 
Twisted Sifter: 12 Amazing Highlights from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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