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As part of TIME Firsts, our project featuring 45 groundbreaking women, TIME and LIFE want to hear stories from our readers. Has a woman or girl you know been a “first”? The first to win the science fair? The first in her family to attend college? The first to become mayor of her town? Share your images and stories with us using the hashtag #SheIsTheFirst, and they could be featured in @TIME. Read more at TIME.com/Firsts.

We look back at the historical figures who shattered glass ceilings. ALTHEA GIBSON became the first person of color to win the French Open—one of the Grand Slam tournaments—in 1956. (Bettmann—Getty Images) #LIFElegends #SheIsTheFirst

Hawaii became the 50th state on this day in 1959. In March 1959, a few months before, LIFE magazine ran a brilliant color essay - HAWAII—BEAUTY, WEALTH, AMIABLE PEOPLE - After long years of trying, the idyllic islands at last stand on the brink of statehood. An image similar to the one pictured here ran with the following caption: "Fern-draped grotto on island of Kauai draws tourists into walk under verdant plants that hang from the roof. More than 50,000 visitors a year come to the grotto, which is called 'Mama Akua Lono' after the native Hawaiian god of chewing. It once was used by people of Kauai for their thanksgiving festivals." (Ralph Crane—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #Kauai #Hawaii

As part of TIME Firsts, our project featuring 45 groundbreaking women, TIME and LIFE want to hear stories from our readers. Has a woman or girl you know been a “first”? The first to win the science fair? The first in her family to attend college? The first to become mayor of her town? Share your images and stories with us using the hashtag #SheIsTheFirst, and they could be featured in @TIME. Read more at TIME.com/Firsts.

We look back at the historical figures who shattered glass ceilings. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM became the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968 (representing Brooklyn, N.Y.). ( Bob Peterson—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images ) #SheIsTheFirst

From the March 28, 1969 issue of LIFE —Vanishing Wildlife: THE THREATENED ORANGUTAN. According to LIFE, "The red-haired orangutan is one of man's closest relatives. Coop him up in a zoo cage and he reacts in a fascinatingly human way: he just sits there, gangly-limbed, and stares back morosely. But little has been known of what this creature is like in the wild rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra that are his home—little except that the orang is fast becoming extinct. The article featured spectacular images of orangutans made in their natural environment by the great LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester. This image of a baby orangutan in the jungles of North Borneo ran on the cover. (Co Rentmeester—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #InternationalOrangutanDay #Orangutans

Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995), the man behind some of the most memorable pictures of the 20th century, was a professional photographer for almost 70 years. He started working in photography in Weimar Germany in the 1920s. Having fled Nazi Germany in the mid-'30s, he shot for LIFE magazine from its debut in 1936 until it ceased publishing as a weekly in 1972. After LIFE was shuttered, Eisenstaedt kept photographing until the mid-1990s. On World Photography Day, we are celebrating "Eisie" (as he was affectionately known) with this self portrait he took while on assignment in 1947 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #AlfredEisenstaedt #WorldPhotographyDay

Are you ready for Monday's solar eclipse? In 1963, fifth grade class of the Emerson School in Maywood, Illinois were. They used homemade sunscopes, pinhole camera-like contraptions that indirectly project an image of the sun. According to LIFE, "To build your own, get a carton and cut a hole in one side, big enough to poke your head through. Paste white paper on the inside surface that you will be facing. Then punch a pinhole into the opposite side, high enough so that the little shaft of light will miss your head. For a sharper image you can make a better pinhole by cutting a one inch square hole in the carton, taping a piece of aluminum foil over this hole and then making the pinhole in the foil. Finally, tape the box shut and cover all light leaks with black tape." and of course, “Don’t forget to come out for fresh air.” (Francis Miller—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #1960s #solareclipse

From the Nov. 7, 1960 article - SWAN SONG FOR A FAMOUS THEATER - Gloria Swanson stands amidst the ruins of the Roxy theater in New York in a Jean Louis sheath, a feathery boa and $170,000 in jewels. According to LIFE, "When the Roxy theater in New York, an $11 million cathedral of motion pictures, opened 33 years ago, Gloria Swanson, glittery queen of movie stars, was foremost among 6,000 guests...The famous theater, its day done, is now being torn down, and last month Miss. Swanson came back for a last look at the ruins." She arrived in a Rolls-Royce in this outfit and sang "Is it, or isn't it?" for the crowd. (Eliot Elisofon—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #fashionfriday #LIFElegends

An outtake from the very first cover story of LIFE magazine about the work-relief project at Fort Peck, Montana. The image illustrates lattice like support struts inside section of a giant pipe which is to be used to divert the flow of the Missouri River during construction of the Fort Peck dam. The photo was taken by the great Margaret Bourke-White, she was one of the first 4 staff members for LIFE magazine when it launched in 1936. (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #SheIsTheFirst #tbt

As part of TIME Firsts, our project featuring 45 groundbreaking women, TIME and LIFE want to hear stories from our readers. Has a woman or girl you know been a “first”? The first to win the science fair? The first in her family to attend college? The first to become mayor of her town? Share your images and stories with us using the hashtag #SheIsTheFirst, and they could be featured in @TIME. Read more at TIME.com/Firsts. …
We look back at the historical figures who shattered glass ceilings. Margaret Bourke-White became the first female war photographer who's believed to have been the only photographer in Moscow in 1941 during the World War II German raids of the Kremlin.
Check out our Instagram story for more historical firsts. (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #MargaretBourkeWhite #SheIsTheFirst

In 1964, LIFE photographer Michael Rougier accompanied an expedition to the bottom of the world, where researchers planned to retrace the steps of Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary World War I-era Antarctic expedition. By the time LIFE magazine published his pictures in May 1965, the focus of the story had narrowed considerably -- namely, Rougier's photos appeared in an article about American and Russian scientists studying the navigational prowess of Adélie penguins. This image is an outtake from the 3000+ images Rougier shot on the assignement. (Michael Rougier—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #wildLIFEwednesday #penguins

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today, August 16, 1977 in Memphis, TN. The 'King of Rock and Roll' was only 42 years old. He is pictured here performing on stage and on his toes at the Olympia Theater, in Miami, Florida in August of 1956. (Charles Trainor—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #ElvisPresley

Today marks the 70th anniversary of India's independence. In the November 3, 1947 issue, LIFE ran a photo essay by Margaret Bourke-White illustrating the massive migration that accompanied India’s independence and partition - THE GREAT MIGRATION: Five Million Indians Flee For Their Lives. This image ran in the photo essay with the following caption: "Misery of the dispossessed is reflected in the face of this Moslem boy, perched on the wall of the Purana Qila fortress in New Delhi. Below him thousands of his unhappy fellows, who have fled their homes in terror, are trying to survive until they can organize a convoy for the long march to Pakistan. In their squalid city of tents and lean-tos they have almost no room to sleep and little to eat. They are surrounded by filth and many will die without ever leaving camp." Read more about this and see unpublished contact sheets from the essay on LIFE.com. (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #India #Migration

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