This Week in Boomer History: Sally Ride … Monterey Pop … Civil Rights

Notable events from our shared experience Astronaut Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983. Passionately devoted to teaching science, technology, engineering and math to girls, she starts Sally Ride Science in 2001. Singer-actress Judy Garland dies at age 47 on June 22, 1969. Fred Astaire once called the star of The Wizard of Oz “the greatest entertainer who ever lived.” >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter President Richard Nixon signs a …

Sally Ride: 6 Things You Might Not Know About America’s First Woman Astronaut

Back in 1983, when Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger, the California-born astronaut shattered the glass ceiling of gender discrimination in a spectacular way. Nearly three decades later, space travel has reached a level of equality that a woman astronaut such as Peggy Whitson actually can command a space station mission without making headlines. But the passage of time has made it easy to forget the height of …