1. 1976 First females enrolled at the West Point Academy
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.
2. 2005: The London transit system terrorist attack
Early morning on this day in 2005 the London Underground subway system was as busy as every other day. Thousands of people getting on and off the trains and above ground almost as many use the double-decker bus public transit. At almost exactly 8:50 a.m. four simultaneous explosions go off, three different trains and one double-decker bus. No warning was given, just people going about their day and next thing they knew, bombs were going off. It was reported that as many as 700 people were injured with 56 fatalities including the bombers themselves. Just two weeks later there was another set of four bombs targeting the city transit but luckily they only partially detonated. After the failed attempt all four potential suicide bombers were arrested shortly after. Just over a month later Al-Qaida released a videotape to the al-jazeera T.V. station where the officially claimed responsibility for the attacks.
3. 1981: Sandra Day O’Conner nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan
On this date in 1981 President Ronald Reagan fulfills a promise he had made as he nominates Sandra Day O’Conner as the first female Supreme Court Justice. During his 1980 campaign he had promised that he would put a woman in the highest level of court at his earliest opportunities. Sandra Day had attended Stanford University majoring in economics when a legal dispute over her family’s ranch spiked her interest in law. She then switched her major and went on to get her law degree in only two years, while finishing the top of her class. During that time is when she met her husband, Jay O’Conner III, and after graduation the two were married and that’s when she added the O’Conner to her name instead of using a hyphen or taking his last name. Even though she was a brilliant lawyer no major law firms would hire her strictly because she was a woman. After spending three years in Germany while her husband fulfilled his duties as a Judge for the U.S. Army they returned to Phoenix Arizona in 1957. They would remain there for the next six years and during that time Day O’Conner not only started her own private law firm but also had three children. Later she would get appointed to the Arizona State Senate where she became the first female majority leader in a state senate. In 1974 she was elected a superior court judge then soon after Governor Bruce Babbitt appointed her to the Arizona Courts of Appeals. She would remain there until she was appointed to the Supreme Court.