Wednesday’s History: August 26
On this date, Aug. 26, women were guaranteed the right to vote and the first Major League Baseball game was televised.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott met in 1848 with 200 other women in New York discussing women's rights. They passed a resolution proclaiming a woman's right to vote, marking the beginning of a campaign that passed 70 years later.
In 1850, National Woman's Rights convention met for the first time. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. Lucy Stone formed American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1890, National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed by the two groups.
The first state to grant women the right to vote in 1890 was Wyoming. In the early 1900s, Colorado, Utah and Idaho followed suit.
The National Woman's Party, in 1916, started picketing the White House and staged acts of civil disobedience. The House of Representatives in January 1918 passed by a two-thirds majority vote the woman suffrage amendment.
In August, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment, sending it to the nation's capital and early that same morning, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed it without ceremony.
President Woodrow Wilson and first lady Edith Wilson welcomed Carrie Chapman Cat of the National American Suffrage Association to the White House.
A doubleheader of baseball with opponents Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds was the first broadcast on television in 1939 with just two cameras.
The cameras were placed on the third base line by the visitors dugout and behind home plate. Radio Broadcaster Red Barber called the game for TV. Reds won the first game 5-2. Dodgers split the series with a win 6-1.
Columbia and Princeton baseball games were broadcast in May 1939 with one camera. College and professional football also was broadcast that same year, with hockey and basketball to follow in 1940.
Also on this date:
- In 1967, Major George E. Day was shot down in Vietnam, captured and tortured, escaped and captured again. He was released in 1973. Day was awarded the Medal of Honor.
- Grease, popular as on Broadway and as a movie, produced a number of hits. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John hit No. 1 with "You're The One That I Want" and at No. 3 Newton-John with "Hopelessly Devoted To You."