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AUGUST

1 August, 1786 – Caroline Herschel discovers the first of eight comets


August 5, 1888 – Bertha Benz drives round trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the first long distance automobile trip. The route is commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.


August 6, 1926 – Gertrude Ederle swims across the English Channel, becoming the first woman to do so.


August 9, 1930 – Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.


August 15, 1974 – Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.


August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment of the US Constitution is ratified granting women the right to vote


August 26, 1970 – Betty Friedan leads a nationwide protest called the Women’s Strike for Equality in New York City on the fiftieth anniversary of women’s suffrage


August 26, 1971 – The first “Women’s Equality Day,” initiated by Representative Bella Abzug, is established by Presidential Proclamation and reaffirmed annually


August 30, 1984 – Judith A. Resnick is the second US woman in space, traveling on the first flight of the space shuttle Discovery


31 August 1919 – Birth of Amrita Pritam, the first prominent female Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, she received the Jnanpith Award, one of India's highest literary honors