Hawaii becomes 50th state

08/21/2016 0

The modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag […]

Soviet Union intervenes in Czechoslovakia

08/20/2016 0

In the face of rising anti-Soviet protests in Czechoslovakia, Soviet troops (backed by troops from other Warsaw Pact nations) intervene to crush the protest and restore order. The brutal Soviet action shocked the West and […]

CIA-assisted coup overthrows government of Iran

08/19/2016 0

The Iranian military, with the support and financial assistance of the United States government, overthrows the government of Premier Mohammed Mosaddeq and reinstates the Shah of Iran. Iran remained a solid Cold War ally of […]

Meredith graduates from Ole Miss

08/18/2016 0

James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, graduates with a degree in political science. His enrollment in the university a year earlier was met with deadly riots, and he subsequently […]

Earthquake exposes weak infrastructure

08/17/2016 0

On this day in 1999, an earthquake in northwestern Turkey kills more than 17,000 people and leaves more than 250,000 homeless. The immense disaster exposed serious problems with government and building contractors in Turkey. The […]

Babe Ruth dies

08/16/2016 0

On August 16, 1948, baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth dies from cancer in New York City. For two days following, his body lay in state at the main entrance to Yankee Stadium, and tens […]

FDR signs Social Security Act

08/14/2016 0

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act. Press photographers snapped pictures as FDR, flanked by ranking members of Congress, signed into law the historic act, which […]

Annie Oakley is born

08/13/2016 0

Annie Oakley, one of the greatest female sharpshooters in American history, is born in Patterson Township, Ohio.Born Phoebe Ann Oakley Moses, Oakley demonstrated an uncanny gift for marksmanship at an early age. “I was eight […]

Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

08/12/2016 0

On this day in 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever […]

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