A US cargo plane crashed while moving children from Vietnam. American businessman Robert Macauley heard that it would take over a week to evacuate the survivors, so he chartered a Boeing 747 and arranged for 300 orphaned children to leave the country, paying for the trip by mortgaging his house.
A war refugee from Montenegro came to New York and began working at Columbia University as a janitor. He used Columbia’s tuition remission for employees to earn a bachelor’s degree in classics. It took him twelve years.