As we open a new chapter in our book of life, here are some facts you may or may not know.
- January 3, 1949 – Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) starts her tenure in the Senate, where she stays in office until 1973, became the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate as she previously served in the House (1940-49)
- January 5, 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross is inaugurated as the first woman Governor in U.S. history (Governor of Wyoming)
- January 7, 1896 – Fanny Farmer’s first cookbook is published in which she standardized cooking measurements
- January 7, 1955 – Marian Anderson is the first African American woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera
- January 8, 1977 – Pauli Murray is ordained as the first female African American Episcopal priest
- January 11, 1935 – Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America
- January 12, 1932 – Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, becomes the first woman to chair a Senate Committee and the first to serve as the Senate’s presiding officer
- January 25, 1980 – Mary Decker became the first woman to run a mile under 4 1/2 minutes, running it at 4:17.55
- January 29, 1926 – Violette Neatly Anderson is the first black woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court
- January 29, 2018 – February 7, 2018 – The United Nations 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development whose priority them for the 2018 policy cycle is to come up with strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all. For more information on this, go to: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-commission-for-social-development-csocd-social-policy-and-development-division/csocd56.html
And we also have some special birthdays to remember:
January 4: Cathy Standiford
And….don’t forget…our first fundraiser of the year…BUNCO (who can resist?) on January 16th!