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May is National Nurses Month in the U.S., and with all due respect to astronauts, teachers, firefighters and the rest, it’s right and fitting that we single out this ancient profession and its practitioners for praise. Depending on what their patients require, nurses care, comfort, humor, cajole, gently (and sometimes maybe not so gently) badger and, in the end, they save lives. They’re on the front lines, literally and figuratively, of a ceaseless war against suffering. We owe them a lot.


Read more: http://life.time.com/culture/may-is-national-nurses-month-attention-must-be-paid/#ixzz2ZKX1BGY2

General Douglas MacArthur:

Considered one of the most conversational generals in history…
After serving with distinction in both World Wars, MacArthur was placed in command of U.S. and U.N. forces in the Korean War. On April 11, 1951, less than a year after the conflict began, he was relieved of command by President Truman after he openly disagreed with Truman’s policy for a limited war. (Photo Credit: Getty)

Read about more controversial leaders at History.com

Looted Art Treasures

General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Allied commander, inspects art treasures looted by the Germans and stored away in the Merkers salt mine. Behind GEN Eisenhower are General Omar N. Bradley (left), CG of the 12th Army Group, and (right) LT Gen George S. Patton, Jr, CG, 3rd U.S. Army. 4/12/45.
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In honor of World Handshake Day:
Here is an article from History.com about 8 Historic Handshakes.

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Just weeks after the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, Allied leaders met in Potsdam, Germany, to shape postwar Europe and warn Japan of “prompt and utter destruction” if it did not surrender. While President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin posed for a smiling handshake, tensions ran high amid suspicions about the Soviet Union’s intentions in Central and Eastern Europe. Potsdam proved to be the swansong of the three Allies. A day after the handshake, Churchill was out as prime minster following a landslide defeat in parliamentary elections. Less than a year later, he spoke of the “iron curtain” that had cleaved Europe.