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Sunday, February 06, 2011

February 7th



On this day in 1969, Dinae Crump becomes the first female jockey at Hialeah Racetrack in Florida.

Born this day in 1867, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "The Little House" books.
What began as Grandma sharing stories about her childhood turned into one of the most popular in children's literature. Wilder's books shared the stories of her family pioneering in the mid-west during the 1870's and 1880's. The first book "A Little House on the Prairie", was published in 1932 and by 1943 there were eight volumes. The books have been translated into 40 different languages. And in the 1970's and 1980's a popular television series. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote from the heart and captured the hearts of millions of readers even today. Wilder's daughter Rose Wilder Lane was also an author and supported her mother during her process of writing, "The Little House" books.

Born this day in 1918, Ruth Sager, a pioneer in the field of non-nuclear genetics and in the genetics of cancer. Sager's discoveries have changed the face of cancer and genetics. To read more about this absolutely, amazing and brilliant woman and contributions to these fields.
http://www.nap.edu/readingroom.php?book=biomems&page=rsager.html