The first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes and the first independent woman to be entombed in Paris’s famous Panthéon, Marie Skłodowska-Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland, on this day in 1867.
Over her career she discovered two elements, radium and polonium, pioneered the study of the atom, founded a science dynasty and drove ambulances among the trenches of World War I. We are remembering this Franco-Polish citizen of the world with a Champs-Elysées, a cognac creation named for her adopted home, Paris.
This day in 1983, at 10.58pm, a huge explosion rocked the Capitol's Senate Wing, blowing doors off offices, antique paintings off the walls yet causing - amazingly - no casualties.
Al Qaida? Nope. The bombing was the work of the Armed Resistance Unit, a homegrown Marxist organisation that was unhappy with U.S. interventions in Lebanon and Grenada, and the FBI would work for five whole years to track the bombers down. The six individuals caught had bombed not only the Capitol but three military sites and four spots in New York: every time, they had called in warnings so no one was hurt. One bomber was never captured, and has remained on the run for her entire life.
In memory of those kinder days, when bombs came with warnings, suicide bombings were a novelty, and terrorism was altogether a softer affair than it is today, we're drinking a Bomber. Do join us.