Friday, June 22, 2012

On June 22

On this day in ...
... 1931, the effort of 30-year-old Ruth Nichols (right) to become the 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ended when her plane crash-landed in Newfoundland, Canada. (photo credit) Nichols, a New York-born Wellesley alumna who set women's records for altitude, distance, and speed that same year, injured her back in the attempt.  She'd go on flying for years; indeed, she did aviation-related relief work in World War II and in 1948 "piloted a world tour for UNICEF." Yet as we've posted, it would be Amelia Earhart, an IntLawGrrls foremother, who'd make the 1st solo trans-Atlantic flight by a woman, in May 1932.

(Prior June 22 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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