Thomas FitzSimons died in 1811 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His exact date of birth is unknown. He was a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Constitutional Convention. Once wealthy, he contributed to the Revolutionary War. However, by 1805 he was bankrupt.
Krakatoa erupted in 1883, creating one of the biggest volcanic eruptions known. Located near Indonesia, the volcano had been dormant for over 200 years. Five cubic miles of the mountain were blown into the atmosphere, changing weather for years. Over 36,000 people died from the volcano or from the ensuing tidal waves. Most of the island was destroyed. Children could learn more at: Krakatoa.
Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1920. It gave women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1973. A presidential proclamation in that year recognized women’s right to vote. Children could read Jean Fritz’s excellent book, You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? Children could learn more at: Women’s Equality Day.
Baseball games were televised for the first time in 1939. New York’s WXBS broadcast a double header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Red Barber was the announcer. Few people had televisions then, but the event made experts realize the power of broadcast.