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July 15, 1941: First Contract for the Jeep is Awarded

STORY SNAPSHOT1. On July 15, 1941, Willys-Overland signed a contract with the U.S. Army to make vehicles. The Army needed a four-wheel, small truck...

March 31, 1941: Rosie Begins Riveting

STORY SNAPSHOTOn March 31, 1941, 25 women began their skilled jobs at a Vultee airplane factory, a...

Elinor Otto, the Longest Working Rosie the Riveter

Elinor Otto, a riveter, retired from the Boeing airplane factory in Long Beach, California in 2014 at the age of 94. She...

Students Give Voice to Rare Manuscript Found at Auschwitz

STORY SNAPSHOTProfessor Patricia Hall is a professor of music theory at the University of Michigan. Prof. Hall...

Betty Bishop Attends “Miss Betty” Dedication

STORY SNAPSHOTBetty Webster graduated from high school in 1943 in Tidioute, Pennsylvania. As soon as she turned...

The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat was Penicillium

STORY SNAPSHOTAlexander Fleming discovered penicillin in England in 1928. It was a substance produced by the mold,...

D-Day Meteorologists Had Pressure Everywhere

STORY SNAPSHOTMeteorologists (weather forecasters) did not have computers or data from satellites during World War II (1939-1945)....

Heroes in the Cockpit: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 2)

May 6, 2020 - As part of Lesson Plan #6 - Technology and Heroes in the Cockpit, the following is Part 2...

Heroes in the Cockpit: Vito and Geraldine Pedone (Part 1)

May 6, 2020 - As part of Lesson Plan #6 - Technology and Heroes in the Cockpit, the following is Part 1...