Birthdays to Remember in June


Frank Whittle, who was born on June 1, 1907, is known as the father of jet propulsion. His first prototype was created in 1937, but it wasn’t until 1941 that the first plane with a jet engine flew on a 17-minute-long test flight.

David Rose, the composer of such famous melodies as The Stripper and Holiday for Strings, was born on June 15, 1910. He also wrote music for the TV series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.

Ed Yost, who would have been 90 on June 30, created the modern-day hot-air balloon. His breakthrough was creating balloons that carried their own fuel, either hydrogen or helium, so that they could be heated up midair, instead of by a fire on the ground prior to takeoff.