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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21st

Born this day in 1912, Mary McCarthy, author, critic. McCarthy wrote the novel, The Group published in 1963 and landed on the York Best Seller List the same year and remained there for two years. The Group follows the lives of eight girl friends after they graduate from Vassar College in 1933. McCarthy was also in a famous feud with playwright Lilian Hellman. During an interview on The Dick Cavett Show in 1979
McCarthy, "provoked Hellman when she famously said on The Dick Cavett Show: every word [Hellman] writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'."
Hellman sued, but the case was dropped when Hellman died in 1984. McCarthy was awarded the National Medal for Literature and the Edward MacDowell Medal. She was also a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

On this day in 1913, Tiny Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from an airplane.

June 20th

On this day in 1837, Queen Victoria ascended the British throne. And on this day England issued its first stamp, 1P Queen Victoria.

On this day in 1895, Caroline Willard Baldwin became the first woman to earn a PhD in Science.

On this day in 1966, Sheila Scott completes the first round the world flight by a woman.

On this day in 1793 Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin or was it Catherine Greene?

June 19th

Born this day in 1940, Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, drag racer and the first woman to be a Top Fuel champ. Known as the First Lady of Drag Racing, Muldowney broken through the gender wall, of a all male sport. She is still racing today!

On this day in 1893, Lizzie Bordon was acquitted of murdering her parents with an ax.
But, the little children's rhythm:
"Lizzie Borden took an ax gave her mother 40 whacks, when she saw what she had done gave her father 41!"

Ahhh, but oral history condemns her forever.

On this day in 1963,Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space returns to Earth.

June 18th

On this day in 1980, Mrs. Shakuntala Devi of India, mentally multiplied 2 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds. She is known as the "Human Computer". She holds the Guinness Book record. Today, she uses her amazing talents in the field of astrology. And often travels to share her amazing mathematical skills.

On this day in 1909,Nannie Helen Burroughs, founded The National Training School for Women in Washington DC. After Burroughs death the school was renamed in her honor, The Nannie Burroughs School.

On this day in 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined 100 dollars for voting for the President. She never paid the fine.

On this day in 1981, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retired and was replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman seated on the Supreme Court.