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Photo Of The Day: Adel Termos, The Beirut Hero Who Sacrificed Himself To Save Hundreds

Adel Termos Memorial

A photo of Adel Termos held by his daughter, Malak, at his memorial service. Termos saved hundreds of lives after sacrificing himself to stop a suicide bomber in Beirut. Image Source: Imgur

Twin suicide bomb attacks in Beirut, Lebanon killed over 40 people and injured more than 200 last week, and the death toll would have been much higher were it not for Adel Termos. After the first bombing, crowds quickly gathered outside of the mosque where it took place. Termos was among them, and is reported to have seen a second suicide bomber heading toward the crowd when he decided to engage in the ultimate act of sacrifice. The 32-year-old car mechanic threw himself at the man, tackling him and causing the bomb to detonate before the suicide bomber could reach the crowd.

“He and others at the mosque went to check out what was happening when Adel noticed a man running down the hill, screaming ‘Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar’,” Termos’ father, Akram, told CNN. “Adel ran toward him, pushing him and pinning him down on the ground, at that instant, the man (detonated) the bomb and the second explosion happened.”

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Children From Early 20th Century America Probably Worked Harder Than You

In an attempt to eliminate what it views as a global problem, the Obama administration is currently conducting an investigation on child labor around the world — from Russian children forced into pornography to child tobacco farmers in Nicaragua. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has recently opened up a report for public comment, in which it identifies child labor practices in over one hundred countries and suggests ways to end them.

While a gander at these practices is indeed a bit jarring, the truth is that until relatively recently, the United States had its own sordid history with child labor. You can see for yourself in these photos from the Library of Congress:

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Child Labor 1900s Cover

Child laborers in a factory.

Child Labor 1900s Cherryville Mill

Girl in Cherryville Mill, Cherryville, North Carolina.

Child Labor 1900s Picking Cotton

10 year old Norma Lawrence picks 100 - 150 lbs of cotton per day in Comanche County, Oklahoma, 1916.

Child Labor 1900s Doffers

Young doffers at Elk Cotton Mill, Fayetteville, Tennessee. 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Cranberries

8 year old Jennie picks cranberries at Theodore Budd's Bog at Turkeytown, near Pemberton, N.J. She has missed 6 weeks of school already to do this work.

Child Labor 1900s Newsie

Francis Lance, 5, regularly sells newspapers on Grand Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri, 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Bootblack

A Greek bootblack, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1908.

Child Labor 1900s Corn Thrashing

Corn thrashing during school hours on a farm in Dublin, Georgia.

Child Labor 1900s Cotton Mill

The young man sitting at this cotton mill warping machine has been working at Clyde Cotton Mill in Newton, North Carolina for two years. 1908.

Child Labor 1900s Shoe Shine

Boy at Greel's Shoe-shining Parlor, Indianapolis, Indiana works some nights until 11 pm. 1908.

Child Labor 1900s Band Making

Youngsters making bands from cotton, 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Beet Farming

A well-to-do young man purposely kept out of school to harvest beets with this dangerous looking tool.

Child Labor 1900s Canning Machine

Working at a canning machine with open gears, J. S. Farrand Packing Co., Baltimore Maryland. 1909.

Child Labor 1900s Cigarettes

A widow and boy rolling papers for cigarettes in New York.

Child Labor 1900s Flower Making

Mother and children 11, 9, and 6 make artifical flowers. A two year old sibling is currently learning.

Child Labor 1900s Furniture Factory

Noon break for the workers at an Indianapolis furniture factory, 1908.

Child Labor 1900s Glass Carrier

A "carrying-in boy" at Canton Glass Works, Marion, Indiana. 1908.

Child Labor 1900s Heavy Load

Another J. S. Farrand worker, packing a heavy load, 1909.

Child Labor 1900s Lace

Katie, 13, and Angeline, 11, sew irish lace in New York for $1 a week. 1912.

Child Labor 1900s Melon Basket

Boy making melon baskets, Evansville, Indiana, 1908.

Child Labor 1900s Nut Cracking

Joe, 10, Jospehine, 14, and Camille, 7 shelling nuts in a dirty tenement home, 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Pea Sorter

The smallest pea sorter shown here at Ross's Cannery, in Seaford, Delaware is 5 years old. 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Polishing Marble

Boy polishing marble at Vermont Marble Co., Centre Rutland, Vermont. 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Saw

Boy working with a board saw alongside veteran worker.

Child Labor 1900s Steel Rods

Carrying "spragging irons" along an elevated track at the Bessie Mine, Alabama. 1910.

Child Labor 1900s Stringing Beans

Workers stringing beans at J. S. Farrand Packing Company in a Baltimore, Maryland, 1909.

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Photo Of The Day: WW1 German U-Boat Washes Ashore In Britain

Beached German Submarine

U-118, a WWI German U-boat, washed ashore in Britain one year after it was built. Image Source: Rare Historical Photos

German U-boats were among the most feared weapons of World War I. And when one (U-118) washed ashore in Britain like a beached whale, people from all around flocked to take a look.

U-118 was launched on Feb. 23, 1918, surrendered exactly one year later, and then landed–unassisted–in Hastings a few months later after the tow line taking it to France broke. The French ship towing U-118 tried to shoot it to pieces after it drifted ashore, but it remained generally intact and the submarine’s proximity to the Queens hotel stymied further shots. And it stayed generally intact for months on the beach of Hastings.

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Photo Of The Day: Inside Islamic State’s ‘School Of Jihad’

School Of Jihad

Image Source: Heavy

ISIS is still on the rise in the Middle East, and its members are recruiting kids to join the global jihad.

Islamic State militants have recently released a series of images revealing young boys and girls studying in an Afghanistan “school of Jihad.” The images show children training in martial arts, military-style assault courses, and reading in classrooms (though only certain books are permitted). The kids are also required to learn how to use rifles, as they are told that the use of Kalashnikov assault rifles (AK-47s) helps “to defend the faith.”

Said Abdullah Gul, a teacher at the school, to his students: “We must implement God’s religion over all people. God says do jihad until intrigue, idolatry and infidelity are finished in the world.”

The school will be the subject of an upcoming FRONTLINE documentary airing on Tuesday, November 17th on PBS.

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