" Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had. "
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Korean Air Flight 902 Shot Down by Soviet Fighters

Korean Air Flight 902 was a civilian flight shot down by Soviet fighters after it violated Soviet airspace and failed to respond to interceptors. One rocket caused heavy damage to part of the left wing and punctured the fuselage, causing rapid decompression and killing two passengers. Forty minutes later, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a nearby frozen lake. How many passengers and crew members survived?



Operation Praying Mantis

In April 1988, US naval forces launched Operation Praying Mantis, attacking several Iranian targets in retaliation for the mining of an American warship in the Persian Gulf. The battle, the largest for American surface forces since World War II, was the first surface-to-surface missile engagement in US Navy history. It resulted in the sinking of two Iranian warships and three speedboats and helped pressure Iran into a ceasefire that ended its eight-year war with what neighboring country?

Born on a day like today



According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad received his first divine revelation at the age of 40. The Qur'an, the sacred book of Islam, records many of the revelations Muhammad received as the final prophet of God. Included among Muhammad's fundamental teachings are the ideas that there is one God; that people must in all things submit to Him; and that nations have been punished for rejecting God's prophets. Why are visual depictions of Muhammad generally prohibited in Islam?

Last updated on Monday, 20th April 2009

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