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08-18-2012, 01:07 PM
Lead Story
Soviet hard-liners launch coup against Gorbachev, 1991
American Revolution
British win at Fishing Creek, lose at Musgrove’s Mill, 1780
Walter P. Chrysler dies, 1940
Civil War
Union attacks railroad at Globe Tavern, 1864
Cold War
Coup attempt against Gorbachev begins, 1991
A Seattle judge involved in a sex scandal commits suicide, 1988
Yangtze River peaks in China, 1931
General Interest
Genghis Khan dies, 1227
Roanoke Colony deserted, 1590
Woman suffrage amendment ratified, 1920
Meredith graduates from Ole Miss, 1963
Director Roman Polanski born, 1933
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is published, 1958
Chic's "Good Times" hits #1 on the U.S. pop charts, 1979
Old West
Cyrus Skinner released from San Quentin, 1853
George Washington signs Jay Treaty with Britain, 1795
Larry Bird hangs it up, 1992
Vietnam War
Marines launch Operation Starlite, 1965
Australians defeat VC at Long Tan, 1966
Communists launch new offensive, 1968
Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw troops from Vietnam, 1971
World War I
Italians launch the 11th Battle of the Isonzo , 1917
World War II
Hitler suspends euthanasia program, 1941


08-19-2012, 12:49 AM
1813 - The Guetierrez-Magee Expedition was defeated by Spanish troups in the Battle of Medina 20 miles south of San Antonio. The expedition was seeking Texas independence from Spain. The republican force lost 1,300 men and the Spanish force lost 55.

1824 - The Mexican Congress passed a national colonization law that became the basis of all cononization contracts affecting Texas, with the exception of that of Stephen F. Austin.

1894 - Dress designer Travis Banton was born in Waco, TX.

1983 - Twenty-one people were killed and over $1 billion in damage was caused when hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast.

08-19-2012, 01:05 AM
Woman suffrage amendment ratified, 1920

We really dropped the ball on that one. Have been paying the price ever since.

08-19-2012, 01:12 AM
Woman suffrage amendment ratified, 1920

We really dropped the ball on that one. Have been paying the price ever since.

Everyone thought they would get bored and forget about it, they figured women would be back to scrubbing the kitchen floor and making babies in no time, who duh thought.http://www.smiley-lol.com/smiley/tristes/black-day-us.gif

08-19-2012, 01:20 AM
...who duh thought...Sometimes (at the bank, the store, etc) I actually have to wait in line behind them. Baffling.