Sunday, February 19, 2017

DAY 50 - This day in legal and military history

February 19

NATIONAL Chocolate Mint Day

NATIONAL Eyelash Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1807 Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. He is later acquitted.

1831 The first practical US coal-burning locomotive made its trial run in Pennsylvania

1847 Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donner Party in the Sierras

1866 Congress passes the New Freedman’s Bureau bill, providing for military trials for people accused of depriving African-Americans of their civil rights

1878 Thomas Edison patented the gramophone (phonograph)

1942 FDR orders the internment of Japanese-Americans on the West Coast

1942 Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, was bombed by about 150 Japanese warplanes

1968 The first nationwide broadcast of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood aired on PBS

1976 Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford’s Proclamation 4417

1987 New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election

2002 NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system

2008 Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba after 49 years in power. Raúl Castro, Fidel's brother, succeeded him as president.

2013 NASA loses direct contact with the International Space Station due to an equipment failure. Communications are restored three hours later.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DAY 49 - This day in legal and military history

February 18

NATIONAL Battery Day

NATIONAL Crab Stuffed Flounder Day

NATIONAL Drink Wine Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1841 The first continuous filibuster in the US Senate began, and lasted until March 11

1846 “It having been represented to the (Navy) Department, that confusion arises from the use of the words 'Larboard' and 'Starboard,' in consequence of the similarity of sound, the word 'Port' is hereafter to be substituted for 'Larboard.' -- Navy Department General Order

1885 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York.

1930 Pluto, generally the ninth most distant planet from the sun, is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh

1945 US Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima 
Click here and watch this video. It's awesome. 

1953 The first 3-D movie, Bwana Devil, opened in New York

1972 The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty

Friday, February 17, 2017

DAY 48 - This day in legal and military history

February 17

NATIONAL Random Act of Kindness Day

NATIONAL Cabbage Day

NATIONAL Caregiver Day [third Friday in February]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1801 The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr

1817 Baltimore became the first US city lit by gas

1865 Columbia South Carolina is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through

1870 Mississippi became the 9th state readmitted to the US after the Civil War

1925 The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy

1933 The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States. The 21st Amendment reverses the 18th.

1945 US Navy "frogmen" clearing beaches at Iwo Jima take heavy losses

1947 With the words, “Hello! This is New York calling,” the US Voice of America (VOA) begins its first radio broadcasts to the Soviet Union

1959 The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II

1975 Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan

1996 Chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM computer, Deep Blue, winning the six-game match

Thursday, February 16, 2017

DAY 47 - This day in legal and military history

February 16

Today is my first day at a new job.  Still a trial attorney practicing in real estate, landlord/tenant, business organization, creditor bankruptcy, and estate planning, primarily representing property owners, but this job is a little closer to home.

NATIONAL Do a Grouch a Favor Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1923 The tomb of King Tutankhamen, discovered in 1922, was opened

1937 Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs

1952 The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina

1957 A US flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica

1959 Fidel Castro became the leader of Cuba

1965 Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, and Washington Monument

1968 The country's first 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama

1990 Former President Reagan began two days of giving a videotaped deposition in Los Angeles for the Iran-Contra trial of former national security adviser John Poindexter

2006 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army. The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) refers to a United States Army medical unit serving as a fully functional hospital in a combat area of operations. The successor to the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is the Combat Support Hospital.  [M*A*S*H was one of my favorite TV shows growing up.]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DAY 46 - This day in legal and military history

February 15


NATIONAL Singles Awareness Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1798 The first serious fist fight occurs in Congress

1804 New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery

1838 In defiance of the new “gag rule” adopted 19 December 1837, Representative John Quincy Adams introduces 350 petitions against slavery into the House. The petitions are tabled.

1869 Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped

1879 President Rutherford Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court

1898 USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor, touching off the Spanish-American War

1946 ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia 

1965 Canada adopts maple leaf flag

1974 US gas stations threaten to close because of federal fuel policies

1999 Coast Guard recruiting ads began appearing on World Wrestling Federation cable television programs

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DAY 45 - This day in legal and military history

February 14

Valentine's Day

NATIONAL Ferris Wheel Day

NATIONAL Library Lovers' Day [I qualify as this!]

NATIONAL Cream Filled Chocolates Day

NATIONAL Organ Donor Day

NATIONAL Safer Internet Day [second Tuesday in February]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1859 Oregon is admitted as the 33rd state in the Union

1899 Congress approved, and President McKinley signed, legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections.

1912 Arizona is admitted as the 48th state in the Union

1920 The League of Women Voters is formed in Chicago in celebration of the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

1924 Thomas Watson founds International Business Machines Corp [IBM, where my father worked from about age 20 until he retired at age 50]

1929 Chicago gang war between Al Capone and George “Bugs” Moran culminates with several Moran confederates being gunned down in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

1939 Germany launches the battleship Bismarck.

1989 Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini charges that Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses, is blasphemous and issues an edict (fatwa) calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.

1990 Space probe Voyager 1 took photographs of entire solar system.

Monday, February 13, 2017

DAY 44 - This day in legal and military history

February 13

NATIONAL Get a Different Name Day

NATIONAL Tortellini Day

NATIONAL Clean Out Your Computer Day [second Monday in February]

WORLD Radio Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1635 The oldest public school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, was founded

1795 The University of North Carolina became the first US state university to admit students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student on campus for two weeks

1865 The Confederacy approves the recruitment of slaves as soldiers, as long as the approval of their owners is gained.

1866 Jesse James robs his first bank, in Liberty Missouri

1914 The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded

1920 The League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland

1936 First social security checks are put in the mail

1950 A B-36 bomber on a routine training exercise developes engine trouble and jetisons a 30-kiloton Mark 4 (Fat Man) nuclear bomb into the Pacific

1970 General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel

1989 The judge in the Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North sent the jury home amid a continuing disagreement between the prosecution and defense over protecting classified materials

1997 Discovery’s astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the shuttle for a one billion mile tune up to allow it to peer even deeper into the far reaches of the universe