In honor of two American heroes, Richard and Mildred Loving, who asked only to be allowed to marry despite being of two races - and ultimately prevailed - here is a set of photos of them and their beautiful family.
1890 - Nellie Bly; Journalist; worked for the New York World; she took an undercover assignment to investigate reports of brutality & neglect at Women's Lunatic Asylum, Blackwell's Island (now, Roosevelt Island) by straatis, via Flickr
Cornelia Fort, 1941. Fort was a civilian instructor pilot at an airfield near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. She was killed on March 21, 1943 while ferrying BT-13 trainers in Texas, making her the first American woman to die on active military duty. She is pictured here with a PT-19A. Photo courtesy of the US Air Force.