Sally Ride Day
When: Always on May 26th
Sally Ride Day honors the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle "Challenger". STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983.
Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA. Better yet, we encourage everyone to push for a more active and dedicated U.S. space program and policy.
If any of you young ladies (and young gentlemen) have thought about becoming an astronaut, we encourage you to follow your dream of going into space. Exploration and taming of the frontier made America what it is today. As a famous trekkie one said. "Space is the final frontier".
Origin of Sally Ride Day:
Sally Ride Day was created in honor of the birth date of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles, California.
This Day in History May 26
Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years. (1538)
Mystic massacre in the Pequot War: A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under English Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans. (1637)
Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies. (1647)
Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo, Mississippi. The French, under Louisiana governor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, had sought to link Louisiana with Acadia and the other northern colonies of New France. (1736)
A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut celebrated end of fighting in American Revolution. (1783)
The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later. (1830)
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners. (1857)
Montana is organized as a United States territory. (1864)
American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas. (1865)
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote. (1868)
Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (1869)
Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (1896)
Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published. (1897)
In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session. (1938)
The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. (1948)
Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing. (1969)
The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. (1972)
George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center. (1977)
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York. (1998)
The CIA declassifies the paragraph 39 of the report about the Iraqi nuclear program from January 1991 in the Gulf War. (2001)
The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing. (2004)