This Day in History: August
01: August 6, 1945: The United States Drops the First Atomic Bomb
Join an award-winning professor of history to take an in-depth look at the options around and decision to deploy a uranium atomic bomb to be detonated over Hiroshima.
02: August 18, 1920: American Women Gain Voting Rights
The ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution occurred on August 18, 1920. It took three years in the making and was the result of decades of work to ensure that women’s roles and rights in American society would dramatically change. Join an esteemed professor of history to walk through the activities and actions of the women’s suffrage movement.
03: August 24, AD 79: Mount Vesuvius Destroys Pompeii
Join a historian and trace the timeline of events, and the path of destruction, caused by Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D.
04: August 30, 1797: Mary Shelley Is Born
Celebrate the author of the beloved novel Frankenstein and discover how, at just 18 years old, Mary Shelley is often credited with starting the modern science fiction tradition, while giving a poignant commentary on the dangers of unbridled scientific education.
05: August 2, 1990: Iraq Invades Kuwait
Join four-star general Wesley K. Clark to review the events leading up to, and the impact of, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
06: August 7, 1876: Mata Hari Is Born
Was Mata Hari framed and killed for false espionage charges or was she a successful German spy? Join forensics expert Elizabeth Murray to review the facts of this famous scandal.
07: August 28, 2005: Hurricane Katrina Reaches Category 5
Join a renowned atmospheric science professor to take an in-depth look at what made Hurricane Katrina one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in US history.