This Day in History: August

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
This Day in History: August is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Learn the anniversaries of history. A bit disappointing that this isn't a daily release, but it's still handy for me anyway; I have a hard time remembering historic dates. Nice short episodes make it quick to learn something new, and they seem to cut just the info to pull someone in. Which gets me to another thing: this series is of clips pulled from other series, meant to garner interest in those series. As an aside, on Episode 8 about Champagne: he did discover Champagne, in the method which is regulated to today to be authorized the proper label of "Champagne."
Date published: 2021-08-08
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
August 6, 1945: Hiroshima

01: August 6, 1945: Hiroshima

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.

9 min
August 18, 1920: American Women Gain Voting Rights

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.

8 min
August 24, AD 79: Mount Vesuvius Destroys Pompeii

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.

9 min
August 30, 1797: Mary Shelley Is Born

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.

12 min
August 2, 1990: Iraq Invades Kuwait

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.

6 min
August 7, 1876: Mata Hari Is Born

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.

7 min
August 28, 2005: Hurricane Katrina Reaches Category 5

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.

8 min
August 4, 1693: Champagne Is Invented (Or Is It?)

08: August 4, 1693: Champagne Is Invented (Or Is It?)

Toast the true story as you join Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to the invention of champagne.

3 min
August 19, AD 14: Caesar Augustus Dies

09: August 19, AD 14: Caesar Augustus Dies

Join Professor Gregory Aldrete to delve into the triumphs of Caesar Augustus and the horrors that followed his period of rule.

6 min