1870 – Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.
Louisa Swain rose early, put on her apron, shawl and bonnet, and walked downtown with a tin pail in order to purchase yeast from a merchant. She walked by the polling place and concluded she would vote while she was there. The polling place had not yet officially opened, but election officials asked her to come in and cast her ballot. She was 69 years old when she cast the first ballot by any woman in the United States in a general election.
1944 – World War II: The city of Ypres, Belgium is liberated by allied forces.
This reminds me of Belgium Barb - a military spouse who lives in Belgium. She blogs about local travel in the Benelux area, http://www.belgiumbarb.blogspot.com/. Since I have lived twice in the Benelux, her adventures brings back special memories for me!
Ypres Guild Hall
Picture courtesy of http://www.freefoto.com/
1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, is laid to rest in front of a TV audience of more than 2.5 billion.
Who can forget Diana taking her children to kindergarten? Or standing in a mine field? Or holding an AIDS infected child? No matter how flawed she was portrayed by the press, Diana will always be remembered as the People's Princess.
Picture courtesy of http://www.clearlandmines.com/
So we have a theme for today - women who are trailblazers, go getters, and compassionate royalty.
In honor of these women, let's give away some books from Avon, http://www.avonromance.com/, whose books feature trailblazers, go getters, and compassionate royalty.
To receive a book,
1. Leave a comment about a strong women you admire.
2. Send you top three book requests (and mailing address) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. When you receive the book by media mail (slow boat across the Pacific), please email the author to thank her for supporting SOS Aloha.
Join us on Wednesday, September 8, for a special celebration of the "Pledge of Allegiance". I'll be giving away Old Glory hanging ornaments from the USO.
And Friday, September 10, for a special remembrance of 9/11. My blog will also appear in:
- Romance Roll Call, http://www.romancerollcall.com/
- Romantic Times' Daily Blog, http://www.romantictimes.com/.
Kim in Hawaii
Avon Book Giveaway
Mary Kay Andrews, Savanah Blues
Toni Blake, Letters to a Secret Lover, Sugar Creek
Rachel Gibson, I'm In No Mood for Love, Not Another Bad Date, Tangled Up in You, True Love and Other Disasters
Lori Wilde, The Sweethearts' Knitting Club
Margaret Carroll, Riptide
Wendy Corsi Staub, Live to Tell
Jocelyn Drake, Dayhunter
Jeaniene Frost, Destined for An Early Grave
Terri Garey, A Match Made in Hell, Dead Girls are Easy
Pamela Palmer, Desire Untamed, Obsession Untamed
Juliana Stone, His Darkest Hunger
Joss Ware, Abandon the Night, Beyond the Night
Elizabeth Boyle, Tempted by The Night
Suzanne Enoch, A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior, Always a Scoundrel. Before the Scandal
Anna Campbell, Claiming the Courtesan, Reckless Summer, Untouched
Laura Lee Guhrke, The Wicked Ways of a Duke
Beverly Jenkins, Wild Sweet Love
Lavinia Kent, A Talent for Sin, Beyond Temptation
Julie Anne Long, Like No Other Lover, Since the Surrender, The Perils of Pleasure
Julia Quinn, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Maya Rodale, A Groom of One's Own