Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day 238 - This day in legal and military history

August 26

NATIONAL Dog Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Women's Equality Day

NATIONAL Cherry Popsicle Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1791 John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat

1883 The Indonesian island of Krakatoa erupts in the largest explosion recorded in history, heard 2,200 miles away in Madagascar. The resulting destruction sends volcanic ash 50 miles into the atmosphere and kills almost 36,000 people, both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterate 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra.

1920 The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is officially ratified, giving women the right to vote

1957 The Ford Motor Company reveals the Edsel, its latest luxury car

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