Today in History with a Twist: August 26,
Number of Voters Doubles!
It is now official (1920); The 19th amendment to United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote, takes effect today. This effectively doubles the number of eligible voters, does this mean politicians will have to work twice as hard?
They might not understand the importance of today but give them a treat anyway. Today is National Dog Day! Dogs have been “man’s best friend” for over 15,000 years. We rely on our wonderful canine companions to keep us safe, bring us comfort, and love us unconditionally. National Dog Day is our opportunity to show our deep appreciation for these remarkable animals and to find homes for all of the dogs in need of a loving family. (Punchbowl.com)
Major proclamation in France (1789) where the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen has been approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France. The document outlines the basic rights of all men. They're still reluctant give women the right to vote though.
Major set back for the Byzantine Empire (1071) with its Army being defeated by the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Manzikert. The victory allowed the Turks to take control of a large portion of Anatolia. The Byzantine Army, made up of mainly mercenaries, started the battle twice the size of the Turks but about half of the Army deserted before the battle began. Should have went for quality over quantity.
In the on going war between France and England (Hundred Years' War) England has gained the advantage with their victory at the Battle of Crécy (1346). Despite being outnumbered two to one, the English use of effective combined arms tactics and the technological edge provided by their longbow gave them a decisive victory over the French combination of crossbow and armored knights. Maybe we can get a quick end to this war.
Russia has launched (1999) its second war in Chechnya in this decade, the first was in 1994-6. The move is in response to the Invasion of Chechen region Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade. The invasion was to try and gain the independence of Dagestan from the pro-Russian Chechen government. Talk about a misnomer!
It has been rumbling all summer (1883) but the big blast came today with the eruption of Krakatoa reaching its final, paroxysmal, stage. Most of the island was destroyed and at least 36,417 deaths are being attributed to the eruption itself and the tsunamis it created. And it is WEST of Java.
Today we celebrate the birthdays of:
1882 - James Franck - German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate nuclear physics. Being Jewish was forced to flee to the United States before the war (d. 1964) - Intesting fact: When Nazi Germany invaded Denmark in World War II, the Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy dissolved the gold Nobel Prizes of Max von Laue and James Franck in aqua regia to prevent the Nazis from stealing them. He placed the resulting solution on a shelf in his laboratory at the Niels Bohr Institute. After the war, he returned to find the solution undisturbed and precipitated the gold out of the acid. The Nobel Society then recast the Nobel Prizes using the original gold. - Classic.
1910 - Mother Teresa - Macedonian-Indian missionary, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
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