Thirty years ago, on March 26, 1979, three couples sat down for a celebratory lunch in the White House.
President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his wife Aliza, and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his wife Jehan, talked privately before greeting the hundreds of people who witnessed the signing of the historic peace treaty between Egypt and Israel that day.
Jehan Sadat remembers crying with joy that day at seeing Israelis and Egyptians putting aside their differences and talking simply as people. Sadat and Begin shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for the treaty they negotiated under the auspices of President Carter.
Her happiness was shattered October 6, 1981, when Anwar Sadat was gunned down while reviewing a military parade.
Jehan and Anwar Sadat had been married for 32 years. The daughter of a British teacher and an Egyptian government official, she met the former Army officer at her cousin's house, not long after he had been released from prison for opposing Britain's occupation of Egypt. She was 15 and he was almost 30, but they fell in love and married soon after.
In her new book, "My Hope for Peace," Jehan Sadat says she was crushed by her husband's death and at first almost immobilized. But she eventually decided to continue her work outside the home.
CNN Beijing Correspondent
While Bernie Madoff sits behind bars, contemplating life in prison perhaps he should consider himself lucky.
State media in China is reporting Thursday that Gao Qiuhe has been sentenced to death for a swindle which fraudulently promised high returns.
How much did Gao get away with? Just $17 million – spare change in the world of Madoff.
She was arrested in 2007, and when she couldn't give back the money, she was sentenced to death last week and all her assets were confiscated.
And this might be something for the Madoff family to consider – Gao's son, Bao Jianshu was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping his mother.
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CNN Chief Business Correspondent
Get this: Markets are now higher since Barack Obama became president.
I mean the broader stock market. The Dow is still down slightly. But the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are both up since their Jan. 20 close.
And the S&P 500 is on track for its best monthly percentage gain since - wait, are you sitting down? – since 1987.
What should we make of that?
Calling for a renewed war on cancer, Senators Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas plan to introduce legislation today designed to improve research and treatment.
In a joint op-ed article, the two senators point out that since the United States declared the original war on cancer in 1971, the mortality rate has decreased by only 6 percent, far less than for heart disease and stroke.
"The solution isn’t easy, but there are steps we should take now if we hope to see the diagnosis rate decline substantially and the survival rate increase," they write.
That includes earlier screening and diagnosis when cancer is more curable, a more coordinated approach to research, raising awareness of clinical trials, and more comprehensive care during remission, they say.
Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer himself, has championed healthcare during his long Senate career.
Special to CNN
Madame Alexander was one of the great innovators in the doll industry.
According to the company that bears her name, she made the first doll with moving eyelids, the first doll based on a licensed character (Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind), the first doll fashioned after a living person (Queen Elizabeth) and many others.
But what's most interesting is how and why the company got started.
Beatrice Alexander's father owned the first doll "hospital" in New York City, where broken porcelain dolls were sent to be repaired. That got her thinking. Maybe porcelain wasn't the best material for a doll. So she sat around her kitchen table with her four sisters, and they started a business sewing dolls out of cloth.
Theirs were not the only cloth dolls (Raggedy Anne was already popular), but they created a Red Cross doll, a smart choice so soon after World War I. She put all the dolls in a big suitcase and lugged them around to local mom and pop stores where she made small sales.
No bank would lend to her; she was a 20-something woman in the early 1900s, a poor risk. So she scraped together what she could and just started. Eventually, she found someone who was willing to loan her $1,600, which she paid back in half the time she was allotted.
After four years of dragging that suitcase door to door, she got her first big break: a big sale to FAO Schwarz.
Editor's Note: After Wednesday night’s AC360° from Mexico, many of you sent suggestions on how to “solve the drug problem.” Legalizing drugs was a popular theme with many pointing out it would take away the incentive for illegal trafficking. Another popular suggestion from our viewers was to simply fully close the borders between the U.S. and Mexico. (And we appreciate the thanks we received from many of you for our efforts to bring awareness to this issue). Take a look at some of what we heard, and tell us what you think:
It is about time that the United States frees up the tremendous resources wasted in combating illegal drugs by making all drugs legal. Drugs should be taxed like cigarettes and liquor and a portion of the proceeds should be allocated toward drug addiction treatment centers where addicts can be rehabilitated. By removing the profit motive in drug dealing, a huge among of criminal activity will be made valueless..... This Drug problem can be fixed simply & quickly by closing all traffic in & out of Mexico by this I mean all , no foot traffic no cars no trucks no air no boats no cruise ships, no exceptions.
If the drugs were legal here the incentive would be gone for the criminals. Let us just legalize them like it was about 100 yrs ago. If an "of age" person wants to kill themselves with them, so be it.