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Medal of Honor Created

The highest military award, the Medal of Honor, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 12, 1862. This medal is awarded for acts of valor in combat above and beyond the call of duty.

The Medal of Honor, sometimes referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor, can be received by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Since its introduction in 1862, one woman and upwards of 3400 men have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

To learn more, check out Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, where you can read stories about recipients of the award and letters from Presidents.

Sources: History.com, Wikipedia

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George Eastman’s Birthday

July 12 celebrates George Eastman’s (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932 ) 158th birthday!

You might not recognize the name “George Eastman,” but no doubt you’ve heard of his company: Kodak. After inventing roll film, Eastman founded Kodak in 1880, setting out to, in his own words, “make the camera as convenient as the pencil.” In 1888, he introduced the Kodak camera, and the rest is history…Head over to Kodak to learn more about the history of Kodak and the man who started it all.

But Eastman was more than an inventor and entrepreneur. He was also well-known for his philanthropy, establishing and supporting the Eastman School of Music and contributing over $100 million to other various organizations and institutions, including the University of Rochester, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Tuskegee Institute, and several dental clinics.

Celebrate George Eastman’s birthday by releasing your inner photographer and/or philanthropist in honor of the man who made mainstream photography possible and used his profits to help others.

Sources: Wikipedia, Kodak, Idea Finder

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Different Colored Eyes Day

July 12 is Different Colored Eyes Day!


Different Colored Eyes Day is a day to recognize an eye condition called heterochromia, which is most common in dogs, cats and horses but can occur in humans. People with heterochromia have different colored eyes. The difference in eye color may result from an injury or be a sign of certain diseases, such as Fuch’s heterochromic iridocyclitis, Horner’s syndrome or pigmentary glaucoma, especially if one of your eye’s color changes later in life. (Have your eyes examined if color change occurs!) Babies born with two different colored eyes should undergo an eye examination to make sure the heterochromia isn’t a symptom of a disease or illness.

However, sometimes heterochromia is completely harmless, and you’ll simply get to walk around with an extra unique eye color…or, colors.

Don’t have different colored eyes or know anyone who does? You can also use Different Colored Eyes Day to celebrate eye color diversity. Imagine how boring eyes would be if they were all the same color!

Did You Know…that a variety of celebrities have heterochromia? Such celebrities include actresses Kate Bosworth, Mila Kunis and Jane Seymour. See more celebrities who have different colored eyes here.


Sources: holidayinsights.com, medlineplus.com, allaboutvision.com
Photo Source:  Speakslowly on en.wikipedia cropped by Shannernanner via Wikimedia Commons
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