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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

On this day, U.S. Navy Com­man­der Wil­liam R. An­der­son and his 100-plus crew mem­bers be­came the first in his­tory to reach and pass the North Pole while sub­merged.

Their mode of trans­porta­tion, the U.S.S. Nau­tilus, was the first nu­clear-pow- ered sub­ma­rine the world had ever seen.

The East Coast found it­self sub­merged in its own right on Aug. 9, 1976, when Hur­ri­cane Belle reached its peak in­ten­sity in the At­lantic Ocean.

The hur­ri­cane reached Cat­e­gory 3 and skirted the coast of Mary­land be­fore mak­ing land­fall in New York on Aug. 10. It still man­aged to drop more than five inches of rain along some parts of this state, and caused mil­lions of dol­lars in dam­ages.

On Aug. 4, 1944, the Nazi Gestapo cap­tured Anne Frank, the 15-year-old Jew- ish girl whose col­lected diary has sold tens of mil­lions of copies since its re­lease in 1947.

Sev­eral years ear­lier, Frank and her fam­ily had taken shel­ter in an Amsterdam ware­house, and they were dis­cov­ered there with another Jewish fam­ily and a Jewish man. Nearly all of them died in Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps be­fore the war’s end.

Equal­ity in the United States took a step for­ward on Aug. 6, 1965, when Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son signed the Vot­ing Rights Act, which guar­an­teed African Amer­i­cans the right to vote. Up to this point, African Amer­i­cans were of­ten dealt un­fair vot­ing tests, such as recit­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion or ex­plain­ing com­plex­i­ties in state law pro­vi­sions.

While this did not halt dis­crim­i­na­tion, it gave the coun­try more le­gal ground to op­pose it.

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