The Nightwitch Bombers-delivering fear in the night

If you haven't read about Marina Raskova and the NightWitches- you are missing out on some amazing history. Deployed out of need in WWII, the Soviet Union commissioned Maj Raskova to find 400 women to fill out their fighter and night bombing squadrons- including the 588th pictured above. They fit the women into any uniforms …

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Betty Skelton and her need for speed

While on a trip to Pensacola, FL recently to visit friends, I had time to stop in and visit the Airplane  Discovery Park at the Pensacola Airport.  It's a neat little place for kids that has a mock runway and tower as well as some plaques about local aviators.  Little did I know what I was …

This day in History: Queen Lili’uokalani

A part of US history not often remembered this day in history - Hawaii's first and last Queen was illegally arrested and held captive the rest of her life by the United States. Despite multiple attempts to convince American interests in the area that Hawaii was a sovereign nation (the first to have central power …

Queen Boudica

 Atlas Obscura is one of Milieux's favorite blogs to read- it is a fantastic source of history and interesting tourist sites.  This article on Queen Boudica and the statue dedicated to her in London, England does not disappoint.  Read more about this amazing example of immense courage and inspiration here.  And if reading is not your …

Valentina Tereshkova – First woman in Space and Thoughts for the “Space Force”

  Perhaps you didn't know, but the record for the first woman in space was not held by an American (gasp!) but a Russian woman the Chicago Tribune dubbed "The Russian Blonde in Space"... even though she wasn't even blonde. Despite how "modern" we like to think America is, there is still much stereotyping and …

Clara Barton- Fearless Warrior and Angel of the Battlefield

It was this day in history that Clara Barton left her post at the US patent office to join the ranks of the Union Army on the Antietam Battlefield. Her efforts and courage would eventually lead her to establish the United States Red Cross. One of Clara's observations about war and women was that if …