What do an airplane ejection seat, Delta Sigma Theta and Henry Ford have in common? All three share an important anniversary on January 13th.
How many of these January 13 facts did you know before reading this blog post?
1842 – Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India Company Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 (4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers), when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan to share his story.
1913 – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, was founded by 22 women on the campus of Howard University. While the sorority's emphasis has been on programs to benefit the African-American community, membership is open to any woman who meets the requirements, regardless of religion, race, or nationality.
The first public act of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was to participate in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C. on March 3, 1913. It was the only African-American women's organization to participate. Event orgnizers did not want to include any African-Americans for fear of racism causing the public to reject the women's vote movement. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is the largest African-American Greek-lettered organization.
1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African-American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
1978 – United States Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled according to whether the donors were "paid" or "volunteer". In an interesting side note, early employees of the FDA formerly “tested” food safety by ingesting the substances themselves to check for harmful effects.
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Thanks for reading “Nine Unique, Unusual True Facts From History on January 13”.