This week in history
For the week of Aug. 24, 2014
Independence Day : Ukraine. This day commemorates the Ukraineis gaining independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.
Women's Equality Day: United States. A law passed by Congress in 1974 sets this day aside to mark the certification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting discrimination in voting based on sex.
James Wong Howe (1898-1976): Chinese American. Cinematographer. During his 53 year career in films, James Wong Howe became known as one of the most innovative and skillful cinematographers in the industry. In pursuit of realistic and vivid images, he experimented with using a hand-held camera, rather than a camera mounted on a wheeled stand, and even filmed with the camera underwater. He won Academy Awards for his work in the films iThe Rose Tattooi (1955) and Hud (1962)
Victory Day: Turkey. This holiday commemorates the end of the war of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1922.
National Day: Malaysia . This marks the day Malaysia achieved independence from Great Britain in 1957.