May 25, 1889 Russian-born American pioneer aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky was born. Sikorsky designed, built, and flew the first successful multiengine airplane in 1913. He also built military aircraft for France and Russia before moving to the U. S. in 1919 and becoming a citizen in 1928. He is best known for his development of the first successful helicopter in the Western Hemisphere in the late 1930s.
May 26, 1951 astronaut Sally Ride was born. Ride was the first American woman to orbit the earth as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in June 1983. She served as a mission specialist on a second mission in October 1985 as well. After the January 1986 Challenger accident, she joined the Presidential Commission investigating the accident. Dr. Ride, who obtained her Ph.D. in physics in 1978, has always been an advocate for improved science education and has written a number of science books for children. You can check them out in our Library Catalog!
May 28, 1897 Jell-o gelatin was introduced in the U.S. Jell-o was created by Pearl B. Wait, a carpenter and cough medicine manufacturer. It was his wife, May Davis Wait, who named the jiggly wiggly dessert “Jell-o”. Although a popular well-known food product now, sales were poor for Wait so he sold the business to his neighbor Orator F. Woodward for $450. Woodward launched an advertising campaign in 1902, in the Ladies Home Journal and his sales eventually reached $250,000
May 28, 1892 the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco, California. Naturalist and conservationist, John Muir, was elected president and the Sierra Club began with 182 charter members. The Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization and works to protect our communities and the planet.
Sally Ride:A Space Biography