On This Day in History

Feb 2011
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The formerly great golden state
On August 18th:

In the year 1587 (432 years ago): Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. [However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.]

In the year 1920 (99 years ago): The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women the right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.

In the year 1963 (56 years ago): James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

In the year 1985 (34 years ago): The Japanese Space Agency launched the spacecraft Suisei on a journey to rendezvous with Halley's Comet: Suisei (spacecraft) - Wikipedia

In the year 2018 (1 year ago): Kofi Annan, the first black African to become United Nations Secretary General, died at the age of 80.
Passing the 19th. Amendment was a huge step forward for democracy. I'm surprised we don't do something to commemorated it.
 
May 2019
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August 19, 1991
A coup orchestrated by hard-line Communists and led by Vice President Gennady Yanayev removed Mikhail Gorbachev as president of the Soviet Union. The coup would endure for three days before being put down. The action led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union which would formally occur on December 26, 1991.

In 1992, delegates to the Republican National Convention nominated President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle for re-election. They were defeated in November by Democrats Bill Clinton and Al Gore.
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