Aug. 18, 2012
The World and Everything In It

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Hour B, Segment 5

The TW&E History Book

Aug. 21, 1858—The first of seven Lincoln/Douglas debates in Ottawa, Ill., as Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Stephen Douglas vie for a U.S. Senate seat. Douglas won the election.

Aug. 19, 1934—German Chancellor Adolf Hitler completes his rise to power by becoming fuhrer—the undisputed leader of Germany—following the death of President Paul Von Hindenburg.

Aug. 20, 1968—Protesters take to the streets in Czechoslovakia following an invasion by the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries aimed at restoring hardline policies.

Aug. 21, 2009—The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopts a policy that allows non-celibate homosexuals to serve as pastors. Since then, the denomination has suffered a sharp membership loss.

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Aug. 18, 2012