Nashville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Ninety-four years ago today, August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the thirty-sixth and deciding state to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
The United States Constitution requires two-thirds of the states to ratify a proposed amendment before it can become law.
The 19th Amendment was formally adopted by the proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby on August 26, 1920.
The Woman Suffrage Memorial
The Woman Suffrage Memorial*
Los Banos, California (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, August 18, 1962, President John F. Kennedy attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for the San Luis Dam.
The San Luis Dam was the cornerstone of the federal government's $500 million plan to increase the flow of water for irrigation in the region.
San Luis Dam
President Kennedy said...
"The way to move ahead is to realize that we are citizens of one country....and if one state stands still, so do all the rest."
The President added...
"Our task in the simplest terms is to strengthen the United States...."
Earlier, JFK had paid a visit to Yosemite National Park becoming the first President to do so since Theodore Roosevelt.
TR and John Muir
JAMES MEREDITH GRADUATED FROM OLE MISS 51 YEARS AGO
Oxford, Mississippi (JFK+50) James Meredith, the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi, graduated fifty-one years ago today, August 18, 1963, with a degree in political science.
Just three years later, James Meredith was shot by a sniper while making a solo civil rights march to encourage voter registration.
Sculpture of James Meredith
WASHINGTON SIGNED JAY'S TREATY 219 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President George Washington signed a treaty with Great Britain 219 years ago today, August 18, 1795, negotiated by Chief Justice John Jay of New York.
The treaty pledged to establish peaceful trade relationship between Great Britain and the United States as well as settling some leftover issues from the War for Independence.
The treaty was officially called the "Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation between His British Majesty and the United States of America".
Jay's Treaty was opposed by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and their supporters. They saw closer ties between Britain and the United States as detrimental to republicanism.