Centenary of Airmail & the Inverted Jenny

On May 15, 1918, under the auspices of the U.S. Post Office, an airmail operation was launched as a wartime effort to stimulate aircraft production and to generate a pool of trained pilots. The service started with six converted United States Army Air Service Curtiss JN-4HM “Jenny” biplanes flown by Army pilots under the command of Major Reuben H. Fleet and operating on a route … Continue reading Centenary of Airmail & the Inverted Jenny

The Establishment of Jamestown in 1607

When I was growing up, I was quite blessed that my family undertook long vacations each summer from our homes in Texas, Tennessee, or Kansas. Many of these holiday trips had as their final destination the home of a relative, most of whom lived on either the Atlantic Seaboard or out west in California. En route from our mid-America starting points, we would drive from … Continue reading The Establishment of Jamestown in 1607

Honoring Florence Nightingale on International Nurses Day

On May 12 each year, International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and also to celebrate the contributions nurses make to society. Each year, a theme is chosen for International Nurses Day. The theme for 2018 is “A Voice to Lead: Health Is A Human Right.” Each year, a kit is prepared and distributed that contains educational … Continue reading Honoring Florence Nightingale on International Nurses Day

Glacier National Park

On May 11, 1910, an act of the United States Congress established Glacier National Park in the state of Montana on the Canada–United States border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses over 1 million acres (4,000 km²) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, … Continue reading Glacier National Park

Jacques Cartier’s Voyages to Canada

On May 10, 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived off the coast of Newfoundland following a 20-day voyage from Saint-Malo, France, accompanied by two ships and 61 men. He had been commissioned by King François of France to search for a passage to Cathay (the Orient), either around or through the New World. If no route could be found, then Cartier was to seek out riches, … Continue reading Jacques Cartier’s Voyages to Canada

The President from Missouri

On May 8, 1884, future President of the United States Harry S. Truman was born in the small western Missouri town of Lamar. While not my favorite president (that honor is held equally by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Washington), I am probably most familiar with Truman due to my spending most of my school years — grade 6 through university — living in eastern Kansas, just … Continue reading The President from Missouri