Good Monday Morning everyone!
On this day in 1983, Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space returned safely to Earth in the Challenger space shuttle after a successful six-day flight.
The former tennis champion, decided to become an astronaut in 1977 after she saw a Nasa advertisement in the campus newsletter while studying English and physics. She was one of more than 1,000 women and almost 7,000 men to apply for just 35 places on the 1978 training program.
As flight engineer, Ms Ride’s main tasks were to monitor the controls and make sure nothing went wrong on ascent and descent.
Good Sunday Morning!
On this day in 1972, President Richard Nixon signs into law the Higher Education Act, which includes the groundbreaking Title IX legislation. Title IX barred discrimination in higher education programs, including funding for sports and other extracurricular activities. As a result, women’s participation in team sports, particularly in collegiate athletics, surged with the passage of this act.
A very happy Saturday everyone!
On this day in 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services for their efforts in World War II.
The bill fuels the growth of the middle class by making colleges and universities more affordable to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds – Almost half of the 16 million WWII veterans benefit by the time the original bill ends in 1956.