Updated August 1, 2014

Welcome to Mr. Kash's History Page at MrKash.com. I am a history teacher at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood, California. I have designed this website to be used by history students and teachers interested in exploring the Internet as part of their studies. Student projects, Internet assignments, and teaching Common Core State Standards for history have also been included. The site is frequently updated to highlight the celebrations and events of the month. I hope you enjoy yourself and learn something. Feel free to email me with comments and suggestions at jkash@mrkash.com.

 

August Holidays and Events


National Inventors Month

This month we celebrate the amazing men and women who invent all the things that make our life so convenient. From Alexander Graham Bell's telephone to Thomas Edison's light bulb, we have had some incredible inventors. Learn more about many famous inventors below.
Famous Inventors and Inventions
Historical Inventions
Inventors and Inventions

Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. In an instant, 80,000 people were vaporized. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 10, ending World War II. The debate over whether the bomb should have been used will go on forever. Learn more about the events below.
Nagasaki Journey – Photography of the devastation from the bomb
The History of the Atomic Bomb
The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II - A Collection of Primary Sources

 

Watergate – Nixon Resigns

On August 8th, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency of the United States. He is the only president to have resigned. Nixon resigned because of his involvement in the coverup of the break in of the Watergate Hotel. Learn more below.
Nixon Resigns - Washington Post
Nixon Resigns - New York Times
Nixon Resigns - BBC
The Watergate Story - Washington Post

National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day celebrates human flight and the birthday of Orville Wright. Starting with Orville and his brother Wilbur, since Dec. 17, 1903, humans have flown. Don’t you think it would have been cool to see their first flight? National Aviation Day will be celebrated on August 17, Orville Wrights’ birthday in 1871.
National Aviation Day
First to Fly – the Story of the Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers

19th Amendment Women’s Right to Vote

On August 18, 1920, women finally won the right to vote in the United States. Women (and some men) had been working to get women the right to vote for many years. Led by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, women had gained some rights but not the right to vote. That finally changed in 1920 when women, led by Alice Paul were successful in getting the 19th Amendment passed.
The 19th amendment
The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Women and the Vote - Alice Paul's Fight for Suffrage
Alice Paul Biography
This Day in History - August 18, 1920



 

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