On This Day, July 7th

1. 1976 First females enrolled at the West Point Academy

Photo: nytimes

Photo: nytimes

Photo: mholloway

Photo: mholloway

It was on this day in 1976 that more than 100 women enrolled in the United States Military Academy at West Point for the first time. West Point was founded by the government in 1802 and became the first military school in America. In 1780 Benedict Arnold made an arrangement with the British where as the commander at the time he would surrender West Point for 6,000 English pounds. His plan was discovered and Arnold was forced to flee to the British for protection. At West Point students are taught in the theory and practice of military science in hopes that many will continue to server their country long after graduating. Four years later the graduating class of 1980 had 62 of those female cadets and all were commissioned as second lieutenants.


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