Today in History: 15 May

1930 – First Female Flight Attendant Takes to the Skies

Today in History shares several important events that occurred on various years throughout the 20th century on 15 May. “In 1930, Ellen E Church and seven other women became the first female flight attendants in aviation history.” Ellen had convinced men in charge of aviation to employ women as flight attendants. She said, “Don’t you think it would be good psychology to have women up in the air? How is a man going to say he is afraid to fly when a woman is working on the plane?”

Copyright for photo above: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

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15 May 1942: Start of Gasoline Rationing

On this day in 1942, Gasoline rationing was implemented in the United States to free a portion of the supply to provide for the needs of World War II. As the year progressed, all 50 states mandated gasoline rationing (Eds. Today in History, 15 May 2020).

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Copyright: Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images
15 May 1942: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp Becomes Law

Also on 15 May 1942, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill for the creation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.” This was done in order to utilize knowledge, skill, and special training of women in projects embarked upon by the nation’s armed forces (Eds. Today in History, 15 May 2020).

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Source: Eds. Today in History. (15 May 2020). “Today in History: May 15.” Microsoft News. @msn.com. (15 May 2020). https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/today-in-history-may-15/ss-BB13jUPh?ocid=msedgdhp#interstitial=3.

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By tkbrown

I believe family is a gift from God and should be treated as such. I love writing with a broad array of intent and purpose. I have written poetry virtually all my life, and much nonfiction in academia. My expanded efforts in all areas have finally taken off in retirement. I have much to accomplish now that I have the time. Other hobbies are painting, researching ancestry and myriad topics for my writing, knitting, crocheting, cooking -- always trying new recipes and always cooking for my health. I have many other hobbies, but these seem to dominate most of my time. Oh, did I mention I am the mother of three grown children and grandmother of seven. I have been blessed immensely and am the happier for it.https://twitter.com/tkbrownwriter/photo

9 comments

      1. You obviously have an interest in psychology, though. My major is Psychology. I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from 1996. The gasoline rationing, my parents talked much of those days. The WAACs was of interest to me because FDR had a particular person whose services he needed to aid in winning World War II. Thus, he signed that bill into law. Thank You! Blessings!

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      2. Yes, I do have an interest in psychology–and I’m intrigued that you have a Masters in Counseling. Do you see patients currently?

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      3. No. I have been physically disabled and unable to keep to a set schedule since 2010. I wish I could still work, but I keep busy here at home – with my hobbies. I paint, knit, crochet, write poetry and prose, read, research various topics for my cooking, for the novel I am writing, and for various other writing projects. My education taught me how to research, and I am thankful for that.

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      4. Oh my, I’m sorry to hear you’ve been disabled–you certainly keep busy, though! I too am disabled, though it is a mental/emotional illness. Like you, I keep very busy–writing, cooking, reading. I will keep you in my prayers ❤

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