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nwkarchivist: 30 Years Ago Sally Ride Blasts Into Space History From a systems-engineering standpoint, it is easy to identify the point where Sally K. Ride began to leave the rest of the world behind. A flow chart of her life would show the crucial decision coming one day in 1977, when — as a 25-year-old astrophysicist winding up her doctoral work at Stanford University — she spotted an announcement in the campus newspaper about openings in the astronaut program, a career she had never…

A worker riding on a crane hook during the construction of the Empire State Building, 1931. (Lewis W. Hine)

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, CA, 1942 by David Bransby via the Library of Congress via Flickr: Shown checking electrical assemblies. #Woman #Vega_Aircraft #David_Bransby #The_Library_of_Congress #Flickr

Scientist Rosalind Franklin made the first clear X-ray images of DNA’s structure. Her work was described as the most beautiful X-ray photographs ever taken. Franklin’s ‘Photo 51’ informed Crick and Watson of DNA’s double helix structure for which they were awarded a Nobel Prize. Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, aged 37, her contribution to DNA’s discovery story unacknowledged.

Pálné Veres*/Hermin Beniczky (1815-1895) Art by Molly Bergstrom (tumblr) Hermin founded the first secondary school for girls in Hungary in 1867. This set off a national debate over whether girls should study a general curriculum or focus on household skills. The debate continued for decades while students at Hermin’s school learned Hungarian literature, history, math, religion, French, German, art, music, gymnastics, social science, and pedagogy. Girls often became engaged and withdrew…

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th president of the United States.

Gabriela Silang (1731-1763) Art by Hannah (tumblr) The wife of Ilocano insurgent leader Diego Silang, Gabriela worked with her husband to overthrow the Spanish and establish an independent Ilocos. They collaborated with the British and Diego was briefly appointed governor of Ilocos before his assassination in 1763. For four months Gabriela led her troops against Spanish colonial forces. Despite an early victory at Santa and Gabrielas work to create an alliance with the Tinggian people, the…