A Brief History On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare was born in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina.  Each year the current residents of Roanoke Island celebrate her birthday with an Elizabethan Renaissance Festival. Digging Deeper Whereas the date of death is often known for many famous people throughout history, their births were mostly insignificant and thus not recorded.  For Virginia the exact opposite is true.  As the first child born to English settlers on the North American continent, her birth is important.  This is largely where her story also ends.  In fact it is unknown if and when…

 A Brief History On August 18, 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.  This move gave American women the right to vote, also known as women’s suffrage.  Women have always struggled to be treated as equals to men, both under the law and in common practice.  Here we list 10 of the laws, inventions or events that have helped bring equality to the sexes.  The emphasis is on American history.  In case you think anything is missing, please mention it in the comments section. Digging Deeper 10.  1st Co-ed College in the United States (Oberlin), 1837. Not only was this…

A Brief History On August 18, 1612, the trials of the “Pendle Witches” began in England.  22 years later to the day, across the Channel in France, Urbain Grandier was convicted of sorcery and burned alive.  Apparently the 18th of August is not a good day to be a witch in Europe, at least not back in the 17th century. Digging Deeper The 12 accused witches of Pendle Hill in Lancashire, England were suspected of having used witchcraft to murder 10 people.  One died in prison.  Of the 11 who went to trial (2 men and 9 women), 10 were found guilty and hanged.  Only 1…

A Brief History On August 17, 2009, ABC news published an article concerning how pop star Lady “Gaga herself remains 100-percent woman, a fact that required reiteration after an up-skirt photo sparked rumors that she’s a hermaphrodite.” Digging Deeper This article, however, concerns famous women who actually did have “wieners,” by which we of course mean wiener dogs (seriously, what kind of site did you think you were on?!).  Should you be disappointed, we gladly recommend the tasteful articles from our Naked Ladies series.  In the meantime, without any further ado, let us get on with the “Wiener Women”… 10. Liliane Kaufmann…

A Brief History On August 17, 1943, the U.S. 8th Air Force, the main American unit of heavy bombers stationed in England, launched 376 B-17 bombers against Schweinfurt and Regensburg in Germany, a raid that came to symbolize the dangers of unescorted bombing. Digging Deeper The ambitious plan was to attack Regensburg with 146 and Schweinfurt with 230 B-17s.  The bombers were only escorted part of the way because the British Spitfires and American P-47 Thunderbolt fighters lacked the ability to cover the range.  The escorting Spitfires could only accompany the bombers as far Antwerp, and the Thunderbolts could barely reach the far…

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