Amy Johnson (1903-1942) pioneering English aviator. The first aviatrix, to fly solo 11,000 miles (18,000 km) from England to Australia (in a Gipsy Moth), with a co-pilot she flew London to Moscow in one day, and then across Siberia and on to Tokyo, setting a record time for flying from Britain to Japan
A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.
Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist and mother of three from Detroit, Michigan, who was murdered at age 39 by Ku Klux Klan members after the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama. One of the Klansmen in the car from which the shots were fired was a FBI informant. (rw)
The U-2 incident occurred during the Cold War presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and the leadership of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, when a United States U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the airspace of the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The U.S.government at first denied the plane’s mission, but was forced to admit was a covert surveillance aircraft when the Soviet government showed the downed aircraft and it’s pilot along with photos of military…