Members of the U.S. Army Air Corps' legendary 99th Pursuit Squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen, receive instruction about wind currents from a lieutenant in 1942. The Tuskegee fliers - the nation's first African American air squadron - served with distinction in the segregated American military. Gabriel Benzur—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

World War II: Photos We Remember

Members of the U.S. Army Air Corps' legendary 99th Pursuit Squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen, receive instruction about wind currents from a lieutenant in 1942. The Tuskegee fliers - the nation's first African American air squadron - served with distinction in the segregated American military. Gabriel Benzur—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Dos P-51 Mustang del Grupo de Caza 332 (Tuskegee Airmen), conocidos como Red Tails (colas rojas), derriba a un Me-262 - DFB

Dos P-51 Mustang del Grupo de Caza 332 (Tuskegee Airmen), conocidos como Red Tails (colas rojas), derriba a un Me-262 - DFB

Learn more about the amazing story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States, on Biography.com.

Learn more about the amazing story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States, on Biography.com.

Eleanor Roosevelt takes flight with one of the Tuskegee Airmen, ca. 1940. (She had been a strong advocate for opening flight roles to Black airmen.)

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Flight Into History With A Tuskegee Airman

Eleanor Roosevelt takes flight with one of the Tuskegee Airmen, ca. 1940. (She had been a strong advocate for opening flight roles to Black airmen.)

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

The incomparable Eleanor Roosevelt - "Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person…" "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."  "People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." And a plethora of other brilliant things to say, and righteous, selfless things done..

Eleanor Roosevelt on Human Rights

The incomparable Eleanor Roosevelt - "Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person…" "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." "People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." And a plethora of other brilliant things to say, and righteous, selfless things done..

Eleanor Roosevelt's Prayer - Our Father, who has set a restlessness in our hearts and made us all seekers ... show us a vision of a world made new

Eleanor Roosevelt's Prayer - Our Father, who has set a restlessness in our hearts and made us all seekers ... show us a vision of a world made new

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