Today marks the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington during which Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. It was estimated that between 200,000 - 300,000 participants crowded into the area between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in support of civil and economic rights for African Americans. In addition to King, the day's speakers included John Lewis, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young with performances by Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Marian Anderson. The March is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).
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Today marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Its ratification in 1920 granted women the right to vote in state and national elections.
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Today marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during the final stages of World War II. The attack immediately killed 80,000 people with at least 60,000 more dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout. On August 9, another 40,000 people died in the attack on Nagasaki. Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced his country's unconditional surrender to the Allies six days later.
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