Guide dogs have tough jobs, which is why they require all that training, the correct temperament, and affection toward their handlers. It’s not easy, and it’s quite a bit more difficult if you happen to be a guide dog in one of the worst disasters of the twenty-first century.
Roselle performed to the highest standards of guide dog stardom, leading more than just her owner to safety. She also provided some dog love to a woman that was unable to handle the event. She became the most famous guide dog in America, despite being asleep under her owner’s desk when the plane impacted above them. After a lifetime of heroism and being a very good girl, Roselle passed away in 2011.
He Did His Job Well
As the eleventh president, James K. Polk was president from 1845 to 1849. He's often referred to as the first “dark horse” president, elected over Whig candidate Henry Clay. Despite limiting himself to a single term, he had four objectives that he attacked: cut tariffs, reestablish an independent U.S. Treasury, secure the Oregon territory, and acquire the territories of California and New Mexico from Mexico.
His presidency resulted in a great expansion to the United States, as well as falling out with Mexico. Though he entered the White House full of energy, the stresses of the position took their toll on Polk. Shortly after leaving the presidency, Polk passed away.
Just Hold a Boombox Outside Her House, Dude
Muammar Qaddafi had a big crush on one Condoleezza Rice. We can't exactly blame him for that, but we can say he didn't exactly go about it the right way. When Libyans raided his palace in Bab al Azizia, they found a scrapbook full of photos of the former U.S. Secretary of State. Like, a homemade scrapbook. He would ask other members of the State Department why his “African Princess” wouldn't visit him.
He eventually showed her the song he had commissioned, which was on a videotape – it included photos of Rice with President Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, and other world leaders. The name of the song was “Black Flower in the White House.” While the song was weird, Rice reported it at least wasn't raunchy.
For the True Fans
Okay, real quick: “Return to Sender” was an Elvis song made for the film “Girls! Girls! Girls!” The song came out in 1962, and the lyrics lament the narrator's relationship with a spiteful partner. Big fans of the Pelvis would already know this, so when a perfect opportunity to make their Elvis shrines perfect dropped into the laps in the form of a special stamp, plenty of people jumped on it.
The song endures as one of the classic rock and roll songs from during the genre's early years. The song made it big on the charts, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching number one on lots of other lists.
The Man Who Destroys Smallpox
Born in 1941, Donald Hopkins is a Bahamian American physician who acted as the deputy director and acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He's one of the people who worked on the Smallpox Eradication and Measles Control Program in Sierra Leone, which is estimated to have saved millions of lives around the world.
Traces of the disease have been found in millennia-old mummies, but the last case was in 1975 thanks to Hopkins. Guinea Worm Disease, also known as Dracunculiasis, is another infectious disease that Hopkins has set his sight on. And he's winning.