Did You Know?
On March 15th, 2016, the Liberty Science Center announced a major renovation of its IMAX dome, making the non-profit interactive museum home to the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.
Did you know that scientists in the not-so-distant future could be sending thousands of miniature spacecraft outside our solar system at one-fifth the speed of light?
On this day in 1789, George Washington was sworn into office. His swearing in occurred in New York City on the portico of Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan. He is the only president to have been inaugurated in two cities, the second being in Philadelphia in 1793. His second inaugural address was the shortest in history at 135 words.
On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated, and appointed Frances Perkins as his Secretary of Labor. As the first woman appointed to a presidential cabinet position, Frances Perkins helped implement the New Deal, fought to establish the minimum wage, and contributed to the creation of the Social Security system.
On this day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. In just four hours and fifty-five minutes, Glenn circled the globe three times, reaching a velocity more than 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn’s service has been recognized with several awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
On this day, in 1995, Eileen Marie Collins became the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle, aboard the STS-63 Discovery from February 3-11. This was the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program. Collins, who was a licensed Air Force pilot, is a veteran of four space flights and has logged hundreds of hours in space.
On this day in history, Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected to the Senate. Following her husband’s death at the end of his second term as the junior senator from Arkansas, Hattie was appointed to succeed her husband by Governor Parnell. On January 12, 1932 she became the first woman to be elected to the U.S.
On December 17, 1903, at 10:53 AM, Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the first airplane flight, on their new innovation, “The Flyer.” The two brothers travelled from their hometown Dayton, Ohio to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in order to test their invention. The first flight lasted 12 seconds. A coin toss decided that Wilbur Wright would be the first to fly their new creation.
Did you know that victims of Superstorm Sandy who need more cash to rebuild their home or business can now apply for a low-interest disaster loan? Due to a recently passed law, which was passed unanimously by Congress, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the application period for Superstorm Sandy victims seeking financial assistance.
On November 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. This was a critical first step towards advancing the goals of the revolution which the Declaration of Independence had started. Critics of the U.S.