FYI August 13, 2018


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On This Day

1918 – Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha May Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
Military service
Johnson became the first known woman to enlist in the Marine Corps on 13 August 1918, when she joined the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I.[7] Johnson, due to being first in line that day,[10] was the first of over 300 women to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I.

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Born On This Day

1914 – Grace Bates, American mathematician and academic (d. 1996)
Grace Elizabeth Bates (13 August 1914 – 19 November 1996) was an American mathematician and one of few women in the United States to be granted a Ph.D. in mathematics in the 1940s. She became an emeritus professor at Mount Holyoke College. As well as teaching, she wrote papers on algebra and probability theory and two books: The Real Number System and Modern Algebra, Second Course.[1] Throughout her own education, Bates overcame obstructions to her pursuit of knowledge, opening the way for future women learners.[2]




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