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On August 18th, 1920, Tennessee
became the 36th state to ratify the 19th
Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed
the right of all American women to vote.
On this date:
In 1227, the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.
In 1587, Virginia
Dare became the first child of English parents to
be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke
Island, North Carolina.
In 1846, US forces
led by General Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa
Fe, New Mexico.
In 1894, Congress
established the Bureau of Immigration.
In 1914, President
issued his "Proclamation of
Neutrality," aimed at keeping the United
States out of World War One.
In 1938, President
Roosevelt dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge
connecting the United States and Canada.
In 1963, James
Meredith became the first black to graduate from
the University of Mississippi.
In 1983, Hurricane
"Alicia" slammed into the Texas coast,
leaving 22 dead and causing more than a billion
dollars' worth of damage.
In 1991, Soviet
hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was
vacationing in the Crimea. (The coup collapsed
three days later.)
In 1997, Beth Ann
Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia
Military Institute's 158-year history.
Ten years ago: A
US frigate fired warning shots across the bow of
an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman --
apparently the first shots fired by the United
States in the Persian Gulf crisis.
Five years ago:
Shannon Faulkner, who'd won a two-and-a-half-year
legal battle to become the first female cadet at
The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military
college after less than a week, most of it spent
in the infirmary.
One year ago: A
day after a deadly earthquake struck western
Turkey, survivors denounced the rescue effort as
sluggish and disorganized. (The death toll
eventually topped 17,000.)
"New opinions are
always suspected, and usually opposed, without
any other reason but because they are not already
John Locke, English philosopher (1632-1704).