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Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 29th

Born this day in 1835, Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, author of children's literature, her pen name was Susan Coolidge. She wrote 31 books and 5 book series. Her most famous series was, What Katy Did

Born this day in 1881, Alice Evans,a scientist that advocated for pasteurizing raw milk. Evans herself suffered from brucellois a chronic aliment also known as "Bang's disease, Crimean fever, Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Maltese fever, Mediterranean fever, rock fever, or undulant fever." A worldwide common disease contracted by drinking raw milk, touching, eating meat from the animals carrying the bacteria. For years Evans shared her discovery and was ignored and scorned by the science community because she was a woman! When her scientific work was finally taken seriously, this disease fell into obscurity. Changing the health and welling being of millions of lives. And yes, Alice Evans was honored and respected for her life's work.

January 28th

On this day in 1986,at 11:39 am EST, the Space Shuttle Challenger, "broke apart" 73 seconds after take off; all lives on board were lost. Judith Resnick and Christa McAulliffe, becoming the first women killed in the United States Space Program. McAulliffe was the first participant in the, "Teachers In Space Project".

On this day in 1906, Julia Ward Howe, became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ms. Howe is most famous for writing, The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Born this day in 1903 in Ireland, Kathleen Lonsdale,a crystallographer(experimental science of arrangement of atoms in solids)In 1929, Lonsdale, "established the structure of benzene by X-ray diffraction". Lonsdale had many firsts as a female scientist,"Fellow of the Royal Society, first woman tenured professor at University College London, first woman president of the International Union of Crystallography, and first woman president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science."
Kathleen married Thomas Lonsdale and they had three children. The Lonsdales joined the Quaker Church because of their pacifist beliefs. Kathleen spent a month in prison during WWII, because she refused to support the war in any form.