Posts tagged: Centennials

John Glenn dressed in a suit and tie looking at piles of letters

John Glenn and the ‘Problem’ of ‘Lady Astronauts’

100 years after the birth of John Glenn, a historian looks at how he inspired girls to want to go to space – but in line with the sexism of the early space program, he offered little encouragement

Photo of Dolly Parton in hoop earrings and a big ol' head of platinum blonde hair, smiling. We can just see the top of her gold jacket

The Big Big Birthdays of 2021

Who has a big birthday in 2021? As the calendar flips, here are some of the famous figures turning 21, 50, 75, and even a fabulous 100 in the new …..

Born 100 Years Ago: JFK, Ella and So Many More

What a year for being born was 1917! Actor Dean Martin, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and jazz star Thelonius Monk all hit their 100th birthdays this year… and they can’t even crack the top …..

Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

It’s Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday this week. Just as Fitzgerald’s career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.

Photo of Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra ‘Gave Men License to Cry’

Frank Sinatra is 100 years old today, and Stephen Holden has a terrific notebook that captures so many truths about the man. Holden runs through a recap of all the …..