Sally Ride's family members include her mother, Carol Joyce Anderson Ride; her father, Dale Burdell Ride; and her sister Karen. She was married to Steve Hawley from 1982 until 1986. Her partner was Tam O'Shaughnessy after 1986.Continue Reading
Ride was born on May 26, 1951, in California. She attended Stanford University where she studied English and physics. Ride was a nationally ranked tennis player but decided to go to college and study science over a potential tennis career. She applied to NASA's training program in 1978 and was selected. She became the first American female astronaut when the Challenger space shuttle launched on June 18, 1983. Ride also flew on the 13th space shuttle flight and was in training for a third space shuttle mission when the Challenger exploded in January 1986.
After the explosion, she worked for NASA's administration and created the Office of Exploration as well as produced a report on the future of the space program. She left NASA in 1987 and became a professor of physics first at Stanford University and then at the University of California-San Diego. Ride wrote several books, including two children's books. She died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012, at 61 years old.Learn more about Space Travel
Michael Landon was born on Oct. 31, 1936, in Queens, New York, to a Jewish father and a mother from an Irish Catholic family. Landon was married three times, and he had nine children.Full Answer >
A dual-income family is a family that gets money from two separate incomes, such as an income from the father and mother. The number of dual-income families rose 31 percent between 1996 and 2006, and it is currently the most common type of family income style, according to Forbes magazine.Full Answer >
Surnames do not perfectly indicate ethnicity due to the fact that modern surnames in English are generally patrilineal, meaning the family inherits the name from the father and excludes the mother's line of descent. Surnames are also sometimes adopted by ethnic minorities to assimilate, or changed through marriage.Full Answer >
In traditional patriarchal society, the father takes on the role of the provider and ultimate decision maker, while the mother cares for the children and handles the family's daily domestic affairs according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The responsibilities of children change as they grow older, with older siblings generally being expected to take on leadership roles over their younger siblings. These roles are constantly changing and evolving, however.Full Answer >