Thursday, August 16, 2007

On August 16, ...

... 1896, Kate Cormack, along with her husband George and a few others, found placer gold in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River. Renaming the creek Bonanza, they staked their claims. This sparked gold rush in the Yukon Territory of Canada, which attracted adventurers from all over the world the following year. In the undated postcard at left, she is hailed as "The Discoverer of the Klondyke."
... 1947 (60 years ago today), Carol Moseley Braun (right) was born in Chicago. Illinois voters elected her the 1st African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, a post she held from 1993 to 1999. She ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for President in 2004. Moseley Braun served as the United States' Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 1999 to 2001.

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