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The Quick 10: The Previous Names of 10 Airports

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I leave for vacation on Sunday, so I'm a little preoccupied with getting the house in order, getting laundry done, printing confirmations, getting the dogs kennelled at the vet, etc. I'm explaining all of this just so you can tell where I'm coming from with today's Q10. Enjoy!

1. LaGuardia, New York "“ It was originally Glenn H. Curtiss Airport, then North Beach Airport, and finally, Fiorello H. La Guardia Airport after the former mayor of New York.

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2. JFK, New York - Originally Idlewild, Major General Alexander E. Anderson Airport, then New York International. Even though John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, people scrambled to get the airport renamed in his honor - the task was completed by the end of the year.

3. LAX, L.A. "“ When it was just a dirt landing strip, it was Mines Field, and held that name even after it became an official airport. In 1941 it was renamed Los Angeles Airport, and then Los Angeles International Airport, AKA LAX, in 1949.

4. Logan, Boston "“ On opening day in 1923, it was called Boston Airport.

Then, when the Massachusetts Air Guard and Army Air Corps were pretty much the only ones using it, it was called Jeffery Field. It was renamed after Bostonian and Spanish-American War hero General Edward Lawrence Logan in 1956.

5. Ronald Reagan National Airport, D.C. "“ Well, it used to be two airports that merged "“ Hoover Field, located close to where the Pentagon is today, and Washington Airport, pretty much right next door. They merged and became the creatively-named Washington-Hoover Airport. Then in 1941, it became Washington National Airport. President Clinton had it renamed in 1998 to commemorate Ronald Reagan's 87th birthday. That decision wasn't a popular one with the aviation industry - Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers who went on strike in 1981. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority at first refused to rename the metro station that went to the airport, but eventually gave in. I bet there are still ATCs who still refer to it only as Washington National or National.

6. Heathrow, London "“ The Great Western Aerodome (back when it was privately owned in the 1930s).

7. de Gaulle, Paris "“ Aéroport de Paris Nord, renamed after Charles de Gaulle in 1974. Random fact, "˜cause I'm a font nerd: the font Frutiger was created by Adrian Frutiger specifically for use at the airport, although it was called Roissy at the time. Frutiger designed Univers, too.

8. McCarran, Las Vegas "“ Davy Crockett descendant George Crockett established McCarren as Alamo Airport in 1942. Clark County bought it in 1948 and renamed it the Clark County Public Airport "“ briefly. That same year they named it after Nevada Senator Pat McCarran.

mccoy9. Orlando International, Orlando "“ Like a lot of other airports, this one started out as Air Force property. During WWII, it was called Pinecastle Army Airfield, then McCoy Air Force Base. When it was decided to make it a joint military/civilian airport in 1962, the civilian side was referred to as the Orlando Jetport at McCoy. The Air Force left that base in 1975, and in 1976, the airport became Orlando International Airport.

10. O'Hare, Chicago "“ Originally it was Orchard Place Airport/Douglas Field, which is why we call it ORD (where the "R" comes from, I don't know). Douglas Aircraft Company's contract was up in 1945, so the name changes to Orchard Field Airport. Then, in 1949, it was renamed O'Hare to honor Lt. Cmdr. Edward "Butch" O'Hare, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his flying in WWII.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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