Tuesday, August 26, 2008

On August 26

On this day in ...
... 1920, as the New York Times reported it:

The half-century struggle for woman suffrage in the United States reached its climax at 8 o'clock this morning, when Bainbridge Colby, as Secretary of State, issued his proclamation announcing that the Nineteenth Amendment had become a part of the Constitution of the United States.

(credit for photo of celebration this day in 1920)
... 1928 (80 years ago today), at about 8:50 at night, a tumbler filled with ice cream was placed on a table at the in the Wellmeadow Café in Glasgow, Scotland. Poured over it was 'some ginger beer from a brown opaque bottle bearing the name "D. Stevenson, Glen Lane, Paisley"' (left). May Donoghue took a sip, and only then "saw, floating out of the bottle, what she believed to be the partly decomposed remains of a snail." That sight and Donoghue's consequent illness touched off a legal battle that ended with the issuance of Donoghue v. Stevenson (1932), among the most famous judgments in English common law, by which the House of Lords established the duty of care that manufacturers of products owe to consumers.

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