on this day … 8/1 1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. 

1498 – Christopher Columbus landed on “Isla Santa” (Venezuela).

1774 – Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.

1790 – The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia 

1834 – Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill.

1873 – Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA.

1876 – Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States.

1893 – Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.

1894 – The first Sino-Japanese War erupted. The dispute was over control of Korea.

1907 – The U.S. Army established an aeronautical division that later became the U.S. Air Force.

1914 – Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I.

1936 – Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin.

1943 – In the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT-109 sank after being hit by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy. Eleven of the thirteen crew survived.

1944 – In Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered.

1946 – In the U.S., the Atomic Energy Commission was established. 

1953 – The first aluminum-faced building was completed. It was the first of this type in America.

1956 – The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.

1957 – The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.

1975 – The Helsinki accords pledged the signatory nations to respect human rights.

1995 – Westinghouse Electric Corporation announced a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion.

1998 – The U.S. books and music chain Borders opens its first European outlet with a 40,000-square-foot store on London’s Oxford Street.

2006 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.


#BlackWomensEqualPayDay ~ 7/31/2017

Reclaiming my time…   

Did you know black women need to work seven months into the year on average to be paid the same as their white male counterparts? Well, it’s true: Black women are paid 67 cents on the dollar relative to their white male equals, and today—#BlackWomensEqualPayDay—marks how far into the new year African American women must work to bridge this gap. This means that while Equal Pay Day for women overall—the date until which women need to work through 2017 to earn as much as white men did in 2016 alone—fell on April 4, 2017, black women must work through July 31 to earn as much as white men did in 2016.

Their work too often goes unrecognized, yet they play a critical role in the success of their families, their workplaces, and their communities.  Compared with other groups, black mothers have the highest rates of being the primary or sole breadwinner for their families.
Janaye Ingram, a national organizer and board member of the Women’s March explains more  here and will be featured on this week’s episode of Thinking Cap. For even more information, check out this CAP  write up  and today’s panel discussion on the importance of black women’s activism and the power of black grassroots leaders in the Trump era.

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