Hattie Caraway became the first woman to be elected a United States Senator in 1932. She represented the state of Arkansas. Her husband was one of the state’s senators when he died. As was custom then, she completed his term. She surprised the powers to be when she decided to run for the office and won! She served in the Senate until 1945. Children could calculate the number of male and female senators by visiting: https://www.senate.gov/reference/Index/Women.htm. They could find out if the number of female senators has risen in recent years.
First fruit tree patent was granted in 1932 to James Markham of Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards in Mississippi. The patent concerned a peach that ripened later than other varieties.
Vitamin C was discovered by C. G. King in 1932. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, builds strong bones and teeth. It speeds up the healing process of wounds. Idea: Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe, and cabbage. Children could make a fruit salad of strawberries, melon, and oranges. Discuss the benefits of vitamin C as children enjoy the treat. Older children can learn more at: Vitamin C.
Yellow fever vaccine was reported in 1932. Max Theiler, an employee of the Rockefeller Foundation, labored to find the vaccine that gave ten years of immunity to the disease.
Amelia Earhart started her first solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932. She was the first woman to fly alone over the Atlantic. She departed from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland. Thirteen and a half hours later she landed in Londonderry, Ireland. Children could learn more at: Amelia Earhart.