Thomas Jefferson, in this nation’s founding document, wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” At the Seneca Falls Convention Treaty of 1846, a group of suffrage activists proposed a crucial amendment to Jefferson’s immortal line: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”
Despite Jefferson’s proclamation (or perhaps in service of it), women in the United States didn’t have the right to vote until this day in history 95 years ago. But on August 26, 1920, the federal government adopted the 19th Amendment: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Today is also Macaulay Culkin’s 35th birthday. Watch this and more days in history at Timeline.