... 1981 (30 years ago today), as The New York Times' Linda Greenhouse then reported,
Sandra Day O'Connor took her seat today as the 102d Justice and the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.(credit for photo of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger administering the oath to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; at center is her husband, John O'Connor) As described in our previous posts, O'Connor would serve until January 2006. Earlier this month she made a public appearance at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, part of her ongoing effort to improve Americans' civic education.
President Reagan, who fulfilled a campaign promise to name a woman to the Court by nominating the 51-year-old Arizona judge, attended the brief ceremony in the courtroom. It was the first time a President had visited the Supreme Court since President Ford attended Associate Justice John Paul Steven's swearing-in ceremony in 1975.
(Prior September 25 posts are here, here, here, and here.)