| Returning the favor: The country of Ireland has sent along a seven-figure donation to Navajo and Hopi families to help them get through the COVID-19 pandemic. KNAU reports the contribution drive came in gratitude for a donation by the Choctaw Nation to the Irish more than 170 years ago, when Ireland was starving in the 1845-1849 Great Potato Famine.
A Rosie the Riveter’s 100th: During WWII, Mary Fierros riveted the wings on B-29 bombers in Long Beach, California. Later in life, after “Tia Mary” rose from the factory floor to become an HR official at Levi Strauss, her character and stories became famous through the stand-up act of her great-niece, comedian Anjelah Johnson. When Fierros recently celebrated her big one-oh-oh, she sat on a chair in her front yard in San Jose, with a sparkly white mask on, watching a 15-minute procession of honking vehicles and of waving passengers. The socially distanced “paraders” included Police Chief Eddie Garcia and council member Magdalena Carrasco, the Mercury-News reports. (Thanks to reader Manuel Jimenez Jr. for the tip.)
Germany had to surrender twice: The first time came before the Allies in Reims, France on May 7, 1945. Furious, the Soviet Union demanded a second surrender ceremony in Berlin. That happened on May 9, Erin Blakemore reports for Nat Geo. Just before came the savage Battle of Berlin. Here's a look at that battle from Nat Geo’s History magazine.
Dining alone: For Muslims worldwide, the pandemic has disrupted the most communal of months, Ramadan. Instead of the historically traditional crowded nighttime prayers and a fast-breaking dinner with family and friends, Muslims like Chicago’s Tarik Haque, a Bangladeshi army veteran, are alone. On the upside, he’s able to talk via phone to the imam at his mosque and eat eggrolls and chapli kababs sent by friends, writes Tasmiha Khan for Nat Geo. Among those sharing food, a creative workaround to sustain the Ramadan spirit, is Chicago’s Saadia Shariff, a middle school teacher. She says she and her siblings are “dropping food off at their homes without contact. I leave the food in my trunk and someone will come out and grab it and put food they made in return.”