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Baltic Independence

On August 27, 1991, the European Community recognized the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and Moldova after they had declared their independence from the USSR.

Suffrage

On August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect, giving women the right to vote in every state of the union. Prior to the passage of this amendment, 15 states allowed women to vote. Most of them were west of the Mississippi. The territory of Wyoming

John Birch

On August 25, 1945, the Cold War began (some say) when, ten days after World War II ended with the Japanese surrender, armed supporters of the Chinese Communist Party killed Baptist missionary Capt. John Birch (1918-1845).

White House Burnt Down

On August 24, 1682, William Penn received an area of territory to add it to his colony of Pennsylvania. The area comprises, today, the state of Delaware. In 1814 on this day, British forces burnt down the White House. Unlike audience reaction to the 1996 movie Independence Day (pictured), there

Singing Revolution

On August 23, 1989, two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stood on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands, as part of the “Singing Revolution” that helped set the Soviet Union to its implosion.

Devil’s Island

On August 22, 1952, France closed its penal colony on Devil’s Island. At first a leper colony, it had been transformed by the end of the 19th century into a prison tasked primarily with housing enemies of the French state.

Nat Turner

On August 21, 1831, Nat Turner led slaves and freed black Americans in a rebellion that was quickly suppressed.

Estonian Independence

On August 20, 1991, Estonia issued a decision to re-establish independence on the basis of historical continuity of the Baltic country’s pre-World War II statehood, sloughing off Soviet rule since 1940. On August 20, 1935, Ron Paul was born. Paul is now famous for his heroic congressional record, his several

Patriotism and Protest and Ousting

On August 19, 1919, Afghanistan gained full independence from Great Britain. The British attempts to maintain an imperial presence in this region elicited an earlier, infamous essay in protest by English sociologist and anti-imperialist Herbert Spencer (pictured), “Patriotism” (Facts and Comments, 1902). On this day in 1991, Soviet President Mikhail

Free to Choose

On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage. Eighty-eight years later, Pakistan’s President, Pervez Musharaf resigned under threat of impeachment. The next year, Rose Director Friedman, economist, wife of economist Milton Friedman, sister of economist Aaron Director and mother of economist

David Crockett

On August 17, 1786, American backwoods hero and politician, David Crockett, was born. Famous as a politician, he brought personal principle and honor and a “common sense” approach in representing Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He later served in the Texas Revolution, dying at the Battle of the

The WINO!

On August 16, 1841, U.S. President John Tyler vetoed a bill to re-establish the Second Bank of the United States (pictured). Enraged Whig Party members — feeling betrayed by the WINO* Tyler — rioted outside the White House in history’s most violent demonstration on White House grounds. * “Whig In

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