Highlights of this day in history: Women's rights activists meet at Seneca Falls; The 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays in the U.S. military; Apollo 11 enters lunar orbit; Baseball's Pete Rose gets jail time; Moscow Olympics begins. (July 19)
CARLOTTA BRADLEY: July 19th, 1848. A women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York launches the movement to give American women the right to vote. That campaign succeeds when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution takes effect more than 70 years later.
1993. President Bill Clinton announces the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military.
BILL CLINTON: It certainly will not please everyone, perhaps not anyone, and clearly not those who hold the most adamant opinions on either side of this issue.
CARLOTTA BRADLEY: The compromise forbids the military from asking service members about their sexual orientation. And it requires a discharge for service members who are openly gay or engage in homosexual activity.
1969. Apollo 11 and its three-astronaut crew start orbiting the moon ahead of man's first landing on the lunar surface.
1990. Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose gets five months in federal prison and a $50,000 fine for filing false tax returns. That happens after Rose is banned for life from baseball amid claims he bet on the game, something he admits years later.
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The summer Olympics start in Moscow, minus the United States and dozens of other countries. Those countries decide to boycott the games over the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
Today in history, July 19. Carlotta Bradley, the Associated Press.