2 posts tagged real heroines
18 years ago on this day, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot’s seat for the first time. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle. Col. Collins logged 38 days 8 hours and 10 minutes in outer space before retiring in 2006. [Wiki]
Joan of Arc at Saint Augustin in Paris, France
600 Years Ago Today in 1412 (according to tradition) Jeanne d’Arc aka Joan of Arc, a national heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint made her way into this world in Domremy, France.
Wiki: A peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII. She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was only 19 years old. Twenty-five years after the execution, Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, pronounced her innocent and declared her a martyr. Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is one of the patron saints of France.
Image by Eric Tenin