On August 18, 1920 the Tennessee General Assembly, taking its 3rd vote on the issue, votes to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving the measure the necessary states' approval to become the law of the land. One week later, Congress will formally give women in the U.S. the right to vote. The measure had failed in the first two Tennessee ballots by one vote, but on the third try, 24-year old Assemblyman Febb E. Burn, supposedly swayed by a note from his mother that read in part "Vote for suffrage and don't keep them in doubt.....don't forget to be a good boy," changed his vote despite pressure from his constituency to vote nay. On August 18, 1227, Genghis Khan, leader of the Mongol Empire, dies of injuries suffered when he fell from his horse several months earlier. His age is estimated to have been in the 60's. His empire building began in his teens, with a campaign to recover his kidnapped wife from a rival tribe. At its height, Khan's empire spanned most of Central Asia, including much of what is now Russia, northern China, and parts of India, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. (this got me in the mood to post the following) On August 18, 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces. Since becoming President, Gorbachev's policies had greatly improved Soviet relations with the west, and encouraged free market capitalism within the USSR. The hardliners believed the policies were degrading the Soviet Union, and - led by former vice president Gennady Yanayev - made their move. Gorbachev was arrested at his vacation villa in the Crimea, and the hardliners moved on the Kremlin. Three days of public demonstrations followed, led by Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who believed Gorbachev's reforms weren't moving fast enough, and the movement collapsed.