The Nobel Prize, however, is a different matter entirely. The award, given every year on December 10, is supposed to recognize the very best in human accomplishment in various fields of endeavor. Giants like Einstein, Mandela, Churchill, and Curie have all been named Nobel laureates. But so have some vastly less deserving fold who, by virtue of winning the Nobel, gave the prestigious prize a bit of a black eye. Among them:
|Antonio Egas Moniz
(Bad Days in History, Farquhar, Michael).
(See this year's 2017 winners here.)
No conversation of the Nobel Peace Prize is complete without mentioning the year 1978. For that is the year President Jimmy Carter somehow got Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin together to talk and Egypt became the first Arab country to officially recognize the state of Israel. In return Egypt gained control of the Sinai Peninsula. Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin
both shared the Nobel Peace Prize that year. It was one of the few serious hopes for peace I have seen in my lifetime. But then....
On 6 October 1981, Sadat was assassinated during the annual victory parade held in Cairo to celebrate Egypt's crossing of the Suez Canal.
The assassination squad was led by Lieutenant Khalid Islambouli after a fatwā (death sentence) was approved by Omar Abdel-Rahman, "The Blind Sheikh," an Egyptian Muslim leader who was arrested and convicted for the first World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
|Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
In his acceptance speech, the president thought it wise to pay homage to war: "times when nations will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified."
|Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda
Ginés explained that war was necessary against the Indians of the Americas, "being by nature servile men who are barbarian, uncultured and inhuman," and that war was justified, "because it is just, by natural right, that the body obey the soul, that the appetite obey reason, that brutes obey man, women their husbands, the imperfect the perfect and the worse the better, for the good of all."
On or around this date each year, Inuít hunters of the Arctic coastal regions of North America perform the centuries-old December Moon Ceremony. The observance begins with a series of purification rites, followed by a full-moon propitiation ritual for the souls of the animals that the participants have hunted and killed during the prior year.
Debunked: Were Ringo Star and Yasser Arafat the same persons?
No, but they both lived on Beatles somewhere in their lifetimes.