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This Day in History for July 19 – First Women’s Rights Convention and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1692 – Five women are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Mass. (More info)

1848 – The first women’s rights convention, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia C. Mott, was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. (More info)

1870 – France declares war on Prussia, thus beginning the Franco-Prussian War (More info)

1941 – Winston Churchill is the first to use the two-finger “V is for Victory” sign (More info)

1989 – Actress Rebecca Shaeffer is murdered by a deranged fan, leading to anti-stalking legislation in California (More info)

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