Monday, May 21, 2007

On May 21, ...

... 1944, Mary Robinson, the 1st woman to serve as President of Ireland and, thereafter, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, was born in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. She now leads the New York-based NGO Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative.
... 1932 (75 years ago today), inclement weather forced Amelia Earhart, aviator, feminist, pacifist, and namesake of IntLawGrrl Elena Baylis, to end her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean -- 1st ever by a woman -- in Gallagher's field, County Derry, Ireland (pictured). Earhart landed 5 years to the day that Charles Lindbergh had completed his own solo trans-Atlantic flight.