|This month in history:
|Aug. 1, 1775
The first article proposing women's rights in America was written by Thomas Paine for Pennsylvania Magazine, of which he was the editor. Only 145 years later, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
|Aug. 6, 1881
Alexander Fleming, who later discovered penicillin, was born. He made his discovery when he found that mold from soil killed deadly bacteria without injuring human tissue.
|Aug. 14, 1935
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the Social Security system.
|Aug. 16, 1896
Gold was discovered in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River in Alaska, resulting in the Great Klondike Gold Rush.
American Home Mortgage, one of the largest
independent U.S. home loan providers,
files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In an attempt to keep the growing
subprime troubles from spreading
to stock markets, the Federal
Reserve pumps billions of dollars
worth of cash into world markets.
bruised as the largest provider
of video content for iTunes,
NBC Universal, announces plans
to let its contract with Apple
expire. NBC cites disagreements
with Apple's content pricing
structure as the reason for
toy executive Zhang Shuhong,
head of Lee Der Industrial,
the company that produced many
of the toys recalled by American
toy giant Mattel, is found dead
of an apparent suicide at a