Category: July 27



    On June 25, 1950, the first war of the Cold War-era erupted when North Korean forces crossed the border into South Korea. The war would last three years, involving troops from around the globe, and costing millions of lives. National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day commemorates the end of the Korean War on July 27, 1953, and those who served during this often forgotten war.


    Pre-War History

    Unlike World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and The War on Terror, the Korean War’s complexity, setting, and timing cause history to gloss over the war. For centuries, Japan and China laid claim on Korea. In more modern history, Japan annexed Korea, and following World War II, the Allied forces liberated Korea, dividing it into separate occupied zones. The dividing line was named the 38th parallel, creating a Communist North Korea and a South Korean republic.

    How It Was Different

    The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Germany, Japan, Russia, and over 40 other countries contributed troops, supplies, and other support during the three-year war. The war claimed approximately 3 million casualties, and civilians suffered the greatest loss of the war. The forgotten war is one of the deadliest of the Cold War-era.

    Since the war started as a state conflict, the media and civilians showed less initial interest in the Korean War. There was no great mobilization at home, no massive build-up of war machinery, no shortages of gas, food, or products – no direct impact on the daily lives of Americans at home. President Harry S. Truman never issued a declaration of war. And when the veterans came home, most were silent. Many served in World War II, and some would go on to serve in the Vietnam War. After World War II, victories – multiple victories were declared. However, the Korean War ended in a stalemate.

    Regardless of the war’s status as the Forgotten War, those who served should be remembered. They endured the brutalities of war, a harsh climate and battled against Communism. During the war, 33,665 U.S. service members gave their lives in that pursuit. They are not forgotten.


    On July 27th, military organizations and communities across the country host memorials and events dedicated to the service members of the Korean War. The day offers an excellent opportunity to learn the history of the war and about those who served.

    • Read about the Korean War. We recommend:
      • In Mortal Combat by John Toland
      • The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
      • About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth
    • Watch a documentary such as This Korea directed by John Ford.
    • Visit the Korean War Memorial.
    • Visit with a Korean War veteran.
    • Share your experiences and stories about the Korean War.
    • Show your support to all veterans.

    Join the conversation by using #KoreanWarVeteransArmisticeDay on social media.


    In 1992, President George H. W. Bush and Korean War veteran Marine General Raymond Davis broke ground on the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. Three years later, President Bill Clinton proclaimed National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day and, along with South Korean President Kim Young-sam, dedicated the memorial to all the Korean Veterans.




    On July 27th, we recognize an aged whisky distilled from malted barley. Make a toast on National Scotch Day and share a drink with a friend.


    Since Scotch is protected by law, specific guidelines must be followed when making it to be labeled as Scotch. Otherwise, it may be an ordinary whisky (or whiskey if it’s made in the United States). First and foremost, Scotch must be made in Scotland. Another requirement includes the grain used in the fermentation process. For Scotch, only malted barley may be used. The Scotch must also be aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV of less than 94.8%. While most Scotch is made with barley, water, and yeast, other grains can be included, but no fermentation additives, per law.

    Scotch whisky dates back to the 15th century where a Scottish taxman recorded the spirit in 1494. Since then, Scotch, barley, malt, and grain have been in and out of the shadows. The distilleries or the smugglers either dodged the king’s taxman or organized against him. Scotch was first protected by definition in law in 1933. It was further protected in 1988 with the Scotch Whisky Act.

    There are five distinct categories of Scotch whisky including single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch, and blended Scotch.


    Enjoy some scotch with friends. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) You can also explore other Protected Beverages around the world. Post on social media using #NationalScotchDay.


    We were unable to identify the origin of National Scotch Day.

  • NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY – Fourth Thursday in July


    National Refreshment Day on the fourth Thursday in July celebrates fun at the hottest time of the year. The day toasts those moments of ice, cold refreshment, especially a nice cold beer. These are the simple pleasures that we all love and cherish.


    Whether you’re at the beach or wrapping up a long day of work, it’s nice to know there’s a glass waiting for you somewhere. The dog days of summer call for coolers full of ice. Long weekends and vacation days beckon, too. Take a day and celebrate.


    Turn the fan on high, grab your bathing suit, and ice down the beer.  Make the most of the dog days and raise a glass to Refreshment!  Give a shout-out to your favorite brewery or craft beer. You can also try something new. Have you ever tried these?

    • Mojito – This refreshing cocktail includes refreshing mint combined with rum, lime and soda water.
    • Cucumber and vodka – Cilantro and cucumber slices perk up a splash of vodka.
    • Sangria – A variety of sangria recipes offer a bright and sparkling refresher.

    You can also thank a server for their dedication and buy them a refreshing beverage. Share in the holiday by using #NationalRefreshmentDay on social media.


    Traveler Beer Company founded National Refreshment Day in May 2015 to highlight the refreshing flavors of summer. The Traveler Beer Company was a craft beer venture based in Burlington, Vermont. 

    In 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the celebration to be observed annually on the fourth Thursday in July.


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    National Crème Brûlée Day on July 27th presents an opportunity to enjoy a mouth-watering custard for dessert. Since there are several flavors, don’t miss out!


    Crème brûlée is also known as burnt cream, crema Catalana, and Trinity crème. The dessert consists of a rich custard base. The custard is then topped with a contrasting layer of caramelized sugar. Chefs achieve this final layer by using a small propane torch. 

    While vanilla is the most common custard base of crème brûlée, the dessert comes in a range of other flavors. Coffee, citrus, nut, chocolate, and other fruit flavors find their way on to menus frequently. However, other unique flavorings such as green tea, lavender, liqueurs, and even savory crème brûlée add an interesting finish to any meal. 

    The earliest known reference of crème brûlée, as we know it today, appears in Francois Massialot’s 1691 cookbook.


    If making a crème brûlée at home, follow the recipe precisely. Don’t make any substitutions. Here is a crème brûlée recipe for you to make and share. Or, invite a friend to join you at your favorite restaurant.  Post on social media using #NationalCremeBruleeDay.


    We were unable to find the creator of National Crème Brûlée Day.


  • NATIONAL INTERN DAY – Last Thursday in July


    National Intern Day on the last Thursday in July recognizes all the college graduates testing the professional waters across the country.


    With a resume or diploma in hand, students and graduates pour into internships around the nation. Internships offer future business leaders the experience they need. Not only that, but they also get to shine, too! One of the ways interns show off their hard-earned skills is by implementing much-needed upgrades. Interns also share the latest business knowledge and techniques. After all, interns provide a fresh perspective.

    Many business areas utilize interns to maximize their business needs. Internships also provide hands-on experience to potential new recruits to the business world. From engineering to science, research, and non-profits, interns are essential to business relationships.

    The observance also encourages companies to recognize hardworking interns. Share inspirational success stories about interns on your team. Foster a mentor program. Develop tools to promote a positive intern experience at your company.


    Reward your interns with a celebration on the last Thursday in July. This summer, employers can host a celebration in a variety of ways.

    • Honor past and present interns
    • Host a virtual luncheon
    • Develop new strategies for internships
    • Highlight successful intern-generated ideas

    While some businesses don’t have internships, take the day to explore the options for adding one. Learn more about the benefits of internships. Visit businesses with programs and learn how they might fit yours.

    Of course, the day is all about interns. Interns can celebrate by nominating the best businesses for internships, too. Share your experience as an intern. Celebrate the positive impact of interns using #NationalInternDay to share on social media.


    WayUP founded National Intern Day to encourage companies to celebrate, empower, and recognize interns. Visit their website for tools and resources to help make the best of your celebration.

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    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations.  National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore; we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

    On July 27th, National New Jersey Day recognizes the third state to join the Union. Find out what’s unique and captivating about the Garden State!


    Early History

    When Giovanni Da Verrazzano first explored the shores of the Atlantic coast, he explored lands that included New Jersey. Da Verrazzano discovered diverse communities of people who were later called the Delaware Indians.

    In 1660, the Dutch founded New Jersey’s first European settlement, but in 1664 the British took control. At this time, the land was divided into half and named New Jersey after the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel.


    Leading up the American Revolution, the colony as a whole was equally divided in its loyalties to the crown. Colonists who remained undecided were just as likely to support the rebel cause as they were to support the king. The same applied to colonists in New Jersey.

    Due to New Jersey’s central location among the thirteen colonies, more battles during the Revolutionary War took place here than any other state.

    While the state was the third to enter the union, New Jersey signed the Bill of Rights before any other state.

    Industry and Innovation

    During and after the war, New Jersey industry grew. Rapidly, innovation and technology took place in New Jersey. One well-known innovator found a home in Menlo Park. There, Thomas Edison nourished his ingenuity.

    While industry and innovation grew, so did the state’s population. Today New Jersey’s population density thrives at the highest of any state in the United States.

    While it may be an industrial powerhouse, its nickname the Garden State is precise. New Jersey supplies the world with cranberries, blueberries, and tomatoes.

    New Jersey Flavor

    While we thank New Jersey for a few delicious foods we can enjoy anywhere, the state produces a large number of dishes travel is a must.

    During the summer months, enjoy the fresh blueberries from New Jersey. At the turn of the 20th century, the intuitive Elizabeth White helped domesticate the wild blueberries found along the Eastern seaboard. Today, blueberry production in New Jersey is a global business.

    Pork roll is to New Jersey as carrots are to Bugs Bunny. The cured, smoked pork product creates debates between residents of the state. Trenton loves their pork roll so much, in fact, they hold an annual Pork Roll Festival. However, pork roll does exist west of the Delaware River.

    Now, for most of these other dishes, come visit or pay for postage. Folks from New Jersey have a different idea about what a sloppy joe is. Tomato. To-mah-to. This one sounds delicious. Their version places slices of pastrami or corned beef (or both), coleslaw, Russian dressing, and swiss cheese layered between three slices of rye bread.

    Also, New Jerseyan’s make their pizza pie on the flip side. That is to say – they like their sauce on top. Its called tomato pie with seasoning crushed tomatoes on top of the other ingredients. Crust on the bottom, of course.

    Lastly, saltwater taffy, sandy beaches, and long boardwalks of Atlantic City all go together. Both saltwater taffy and America’s boardwalks got their start there.


    Join National Day Calendar in recognizing this unique and captivating state on National New Jersey Day.  Use #NationalNewJerseyDay to share on social media.

    Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

    Mary Ludwig is one of many women who later earned a nickname Molly Pitcher.  During the Revolutionary War, it was common for women to follow their husbands, brothers, and sons into battle to provide meals and medical. One of their many duties would be to haul pitchers of water from rivers and streams to the men during combat.

    During the battle of Monmouth in June of 1778, Mary carried water as she normally would, but when her husband turned up wounded, she stepped in as his replacement. Joseph Martin Plumb witnessed her actions and recorded his observations. His eyewitness account included seeing an enemy cannon shot pass between Mary’s legs, tearing her petticoat and leaving Mary unscathed. Mary returned to the cannon and began readying it to fire.

    Will the real Molly Pitcher stand up?  She is likely every woman who followed a loved one into battle, who picked up arms to stave off the enemy.  The few records of those who earned the name allow the honor to be placed on these women.
    Aaron Burr’s infamous political career created quite the stir in the 19th century.

    The 12th Amendment exists as a direct result of Burr’s 1800 vice presidential run with Thomas Jefferson. The vice presidential candidate was never intended to receive any number of votes close to the presidential candidate.  However, in 1800, Jefferson and Burr received 73 electoral votes each.  Along with a previous contentious relationship with Alexander Hamilton and exerting his intention to be president, Burr threw the election into question.

    In the end, the House of Representatives named Jefferson president and Burr vice president. Burr would blame the opinions expressed by Hamilton. Congress soon set in motion the 12 Amendment which changed how electoral votes are counted for president and vice president.

    Burr’s next big election ended in defeat, and he blamed Hamilton for the outcome.  Challenging Hamilton to a duel, Burr and Hamilton took up arms in Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11 that resulted in Hamilton’s death.  Burr was later charged and acquitted, and his career never recovered.
    Grover Cleveland first served as president in 1885. Serving as the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States, Cleveland terms as president were highlight by several points of interest.

    He is the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms. Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd president.

    During his first term, he became the first and only president to marry in the White House. It raised quite a stir, too. His bride, Frances Folsom, became the youngest first lady at the age of 21.

    Cleveland comes in second place for the number of vetos cast. During his tenure, he used his veto power 584 times.

    His social agendas were mixed. From the southern issues to immigration and suffrage, Cleveland often stood with his party but also changed his stance depending on the climate of the time.
    Starting with their German born patriarch, John Augustus Roebling, the family’s successful wire and cable business carried three generations through history and left quite an imprint on America.

    The Roebling family moved to Trenton in 1848 where his third son, Charles, was born.

    Headquartered in Trenton, Roebling’s Sons Company designed, engineered or built several of the iconic suspension bridges around the world. Their cables made it possible for many of the technological advances of the time. Elevators, telephones and underwater cable are just a few of the achievements their company contributed to making possible.

    All his sons played a role in the business. Washington served as a long time vice president of the company and Chief Engineer of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after the death of his father. His wife Emily became indispensable due to illness as a result of the work he did on the caissons.

    Ferdinand served as president and as a savvy financial wizard grew the company. His sons followed in his footsteps as presidents of the business.

    Charles’s excelled in the engineering arena like his father. He managed the company’s manufacturing operations. Charles’ grandson served as president for nearly a decade in the 1940s and 1950s.
    Dubbed the Blueberry Queen, Elizabeth Coleman White combined her observations of blueberries in Whitesbog, NJ with the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville and helped make the domestication of wild blueberries possible. Her efforts led to the founding of the Blueberry Growers Cooperative Association. White was also integral in the operation of her family’s cranberry farm, too.
    William Carlos Williams began writing poetry while attending Horace Mann High School in New York. He became both a medical doctor and a prolific writer of poetry, prose and essays about American life.

    In his lifetime, Williams earned a Bollingen Prize, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Poetry and National Book Award for Poetry. In 1952 he was named the United States Poet Laureate. Posthumously he earned the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
    The iconic voice of big band era crooned his way to stardom in the 1940s and 50s. With nicknames like The Sultan of Swoon, The Voice, Ol’ Blue Eyes and The Chairman of the Board, Sinatra’s career spanned five decades.
    The four-star army general who led the Allied Forces to victory during the first Persian Gulf War, Norman Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton, New Jersey to H.Norman and Ruth Alice (Bowman) Schwarzkopf. His father served in both World War I and II and achieved the rank of Major General.

    As an Army brat, Schwarzkopf followed his father around the world. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy and graduated West Point.

    The highly decorated Schwarzkopf (also known as Stormin’ Norman due to his reported temper) would earn the rank of general in the late 1970s after serving in Vietnam. During the Persian Gulf War, his leadership of the coalition forces led to a swift resolution of the war.
    Born Judith Sussman, Judy Blume published her first book in 1969 after years of rejections. The illustrated children’s book, The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo was followed by a string of novels for young readers. She had gone on to win a long list of awards for fiction for young adults and young readers.

    Blume’s books illustrate the daily strife and angst growing up often entails.  Sometimes those subject lines dabble in the controversial.  As a result, Blume has found her novels on lists for censorship despite their popularity. However, her popularity has not waned. Her books remain in print in nearly three dozen languages around the world.
    Born John Francis Bongiovi Jr, the musician and founder of the rock band Bon Jovi knew early in his young life he wanted to be a rock star.

    He’s achieved more than that. Bon Jovi’s first album went gold. The band earned both commercial and critical success over the years. Jon branched out to acting both on the silver screen and television. The band has reunited and continues to tour today.
    Born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, the talented Queen Latifah hails as Hip-Hops First Lady.

    Her long list of credits includes numerous acting and musical awards. For her 2002 role in Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton, she was the first female hip-hop artist nominated for an Academy Award.

    Queen Latifah takes on her next role as executive producer on the set of MTV’s Scream for the 2018 season.
    Shaquille O’Neal was a first round overall pick out of Louisiana State University. The 7-foot 1-inch center went to the Orlando Magic. Over his 19 year career, he earned 4 NBA championships across 6 teams.

    After retirement, O’Neal provides postgame analysis for NBA on TNT as well as other television endeavors. O’Neal also pursues his musical career, endorsements, and other business ventures.
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  • NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY – Last Thursday in July


    On the last Thursday in July, hot dog lovers across the United States start topping their hot dogs with delicious chili to celebrate National Chili Dog Day. 


    Wrapping up National Hot Dog Month, the chili dog brings the heat. Add onions, cheese, or chili sauce for more variety. With a hot dog, the condiments are endless.

    Also known as a coney dog or chili con carne, the first person to make a chili dog probably tried it around the turn of the 20th century. Even then it was likely a meat and tomato sauce, not the full-on firehouse chili we know today.

    Even now, the chili dog gains gourmet status depending on where you go. Add the best ingredients, all-beef franks, and pretzel bun, too. Experiment with the sausage seasonings or the type of chili. For example, switch to a flavorful brat seasoned with chipotle and top it with buffalo chili. Let your imagination go wild. Of course, a traditional chili dog is always an option, too.


    Chili dogs are a meal all on their own. Grab one at the ballpark or set up a chili dog bar. Invite friends and family to create colossal and delicious chili dogs with all their favorite toppings. Host a chili cookoff and supply the franks, buns, and special toppings for the judges to add to their chili dog. Crown the winner with bragging rights! Following are some chili dog recipes for you to enjoy:

    Post on social media using #NationalChiliDogDay and encourage others to join the celebration.


    We were unable to identify the origin of National Chili Dog Day.

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    Just as on July 4th Americans celebrate their independence, so is July 27th to be celebrated—a day to celebrate independence from the abuser. July 27th, National Love is Kind Day is the day to:

    • Celebrate for all victims of domestic violence/domestic abuse their FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE from their abuser.
    • Recognize our right to be treated with KINDNESS. Because real love is kind, not terrorizing.
    • Realize that kindness is the path to healthy and safer relationships, families, society, and the world.
    • Give voice for and hope and support to others who are still suffering, often in silence.
    • Spread messages how we can be kind to one another, especially to those closest to us.
    • Remember that love is not abusive, violent, demeaning or dehumanizing.  If someone uses love as an excuse for their hurtful behavior, it’s not real love.

    With every generation, the cycle of abuse continues to cripple families, especially women and children who are most vulnerable. The cycle of abuse must stop now.


    National Love is Kind Day encourages you to become aware of how you are treating people, how people are treating you, and how you can become emboldened, supported, and empowered to lead the joyful and productive life you deserve. With improved and proper support, families can know and experience the freedom and love found in an abuse-free home. Children grow up with positive role models, and both adults and children lead more productive, happy, and mentally healthy lives.

    The day is an opportunity to say “No to abuse, violence, and ridicule! And begin saying, “Yes, to kindness!  And yes, to sharing my voice! Yes, I am worth it and my life matters. Kindness rules!”

    Stop the cycle of abuse and make a difference to create a kinder world.


    They are many ways to celebrate this day and join the Love is Kind Movement!

    • Expect to be treated with kindness. Repeat the mantra “I deserve to be treated with kindness.” Repeat it especially if you’ve ever been abused, bullied, or sexually harassed or assaulted.
    • Exchange negative actions and words for positive ones for the day. For example, replace hitting with a walk, yelling with deep breathing, and insults with kind gestures and words. An example is “let me understand.” Being kind to others starts with being kind to yourself. It also means setting healthy boundaries.
    • Celebrate with Domestic Violence survivors their freedom from abuse! If you or someone you know left an unhealthy relationship, this is YOUR independence day. Celebrate your freedom from abuse/domestic violence. While you’re celebrating, post on Social Media your freedom story and tag #TheLoveisKindMovement Post. Share, like and celebrate the Love Is Kind Facebook Page where you can also share your stories and celebrate.
    • Share on social media examples of how you are kind to those closest to you. Use hashtags: #LoveisKindDay #LoveisKind #LoveisKindNotTerrorizing
    • Believe in and direct domestic violence victims who reach out to you to DV centers nearest them.

    Other ways to take part in the day include:

    • Get your FREE beautiful copy of the Love is Kind Pledge (Poem).
    • Join, post, and share the National Love is Kind Day EVENT on Facebook.
    • Get your Love is KIND T-shirt, hats and other gifts HERE.
    • 100% of the proceeds go to the Love is KIND Fund to support women and children victims and survivors of domestic violence, abuse, narcissistic abuse, controlling and toxic relationships.
    Share info from the Love is Kind Network
    Instagram: @RosieAiello_LoveisKind
    Twitter: @LoveisKindTweet


    Rosie Aiello and Sunny, co-founders of The Love is Kind Network, founded National Love is Kind Day on July 27, 2018. They spread the message of a kinder, healthier world and support stronger, more wholesome families, free of violence and terrorism. The day also represents the day Rosie and Sunny gained their freedom from a violent relationship.  

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on July 27th annually.

    Sunny | September 9, 1988 – June 18, 2022

    Co-founder Sunny passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2022. Although she died of heart failure, past trauma played a crucial roll in her overall heath, including her mental health. Sunny was passionate about the women and children impacted by domestic violence.

    In honor of Sunny, we ask followers of National Day Calendar to continue spreading her vison of creating a kinder and health world. By taking the pledge at you will help us continue her dream of reaching 100 million women and children to create wholesome families free of family violence and terror.

    The staff at National Day Calendar is saddened by the news of Sunny’s passing, a loss to us all. We send our deepest sympathies to Rosie (Sunny’s mom) along with the rest of her family and friends.

    About the Love is Kind Network

    Rosie Aiello and Sunny are the co-founders of The Love is Kind Network, The Love is Kind Movement Facebook group, and National Love is Kind Day. They spread the message to create a kinder and healthier world and support stronger, more wholesome families, free of violence and family terror.

    July 27th also represents the day Rosie and Sunny gained their freedom after an international escape from a domestic violent relationship.

    Trapped in an emotionally, mentally, and financially abusive relationship for nearly 25 years, Rosie engineered their escape from the Middle East to save her daughter Sunny and herself from domestic violence. Nearly mentally destroyed and stunned by PTSD, Rosie and Sunny arrived in their home state of California. Within a few short years, Rosie became a speaker, best-selling author, and an international award-winning entrepreneur.

    Rosie and Sunny are on a mission to help 100 million women and their children free themselves from the shackles of abuse, and help them create joyful and productive lives.

    Visit for more information.

    July 27th Celebrated History


    In a test flight for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Orville Wright sets a record by flying one hour and 12 minutes.


    Looney Tunes debuts Bugs Bunny in the animated cartoon A Wild Hare.

    July 27th Celebrated Birthdays

    Norman Lear – 1922

    The American writer and producer is best known for the TV sitcoms All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time and The Jeffersons.

    Joseph Kittinger – 1928

    As part of Project Excelsior in 1960, Joseph Kittinger leaped from a balloon gondola at the far reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. Breaking world records that still stand today for the highest parachute jump and a freefall that lasted 4 minutes and 36 seconds, Captain Kittinger’s feats proved multistage survival possible at various altitudes and under certain conditions. With advancing technologies in aviation, these experiments helped to provide valuable data.

    Peggy Fleming – 1948

    The three-time world champion figure skater was the only American competitor in the 1968 Winter Olympics to bring home gold. She landed the gold medal in Ladies’ singles.