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The Writer’s Almanac for June 18, 2017: There Comes the Strangest Moment

June 18, 2017: on this day: Dr. Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space

It was on this day in 1983 that Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, aboard the Challenger for a six-day mission. She said, “The thing that I’ll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I’m sure it was the most fun I’ll ever have in my life.”