"One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire."
- John W. Foster
American diplomat and military officer
- Today in History (May 12th)
- In 1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada.
- In 1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.
- In 1949 the Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin Airlift was ended.
- In 2008 a 7,9 magnitude earthquake struck China and as many as 68,000 were killed. (St. George has around 70,000)
- Today in History (May 13th)
- In 1846 the United States officially declared was on Mexico after several days of fighting.
- Inn 1938 Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orlean's jazz classic, When the Saints Go Marching In.
- In 1973 male chauvinist Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1 in front of a worldwide audience. He would later go on to lose to Billy Jean King later on in the year.
- No Quiz Today!
- Discuss the Iran Hostage situation that our nation and President Jimmy Carter faced in 1979.
- Continue watching Argo while paying close attention to what made Iranians upset with the Americans.
- Answer the following questions in your notebook under day 17:
- Describe Iran under the Shah's rule.
- What exiled Muslim cleric returned to Iran to lead the revolution?
- Why was the American embassy targeted by the revolutionaries?
- Was it fair of the filmmakers to give Canadians a more passive role in these events?
- Imagine that you are Sahar, the Canadians' housekeeper. Would you remain silent about the "guests"? Why or why not?
- Why do you suppose that so many young people, including young women, were part of the Iranian Revolution?
- Draw a map of Iran with it's surrounding countries and pinpoint Tehran, it's capital.
- Terms to Know: (you don't need to write down all of these . . . pick out 7 that you DON'T KNOW and define them using the film or googling them.
- Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, CIA, demonstrations, diplomat, embassy, espionage, execution, Hezbollah, hostage, Iran, Iranian Revolution, President Jimmy Carter, monarchy, Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, Persia, prisoner, protestors, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shi'a Islam, spy, street fighting, Tehran, theocracy, Tony Mendez, U.S. State Department, westernization
- Read the Article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran"
- Be ready to discuss the article and the specifics of the situation in Iran.
- Students should make sense of the Iran hostage situation and be able to explain the basic plot behind this daring rescue.
- Students should hypothesize what they would do in a situation such as this if they were the President of the United States.