Monday, March 27, 2017

DAY 86 - This day in legal and military history

March 27
 

NATIONAL Joe Day
 

NATIONAL Spanish Paella Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1794 The US government establishes a permanent navy with the authorization to build six frigates, including The Constitution [Old Ironsides]
 

1884 The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York
 

1866 President Andrew Johnson vetoes the civil rights bill, which later becomes the 14th Amendment
 

1912 The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, DC

1917 The Seattle Metropolitans became the first US hockey team to win the Stanley Cup
 

1930 First US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
 

1964 A 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit 80 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, killing 117 and producing a 50-foot tsunami that traveled over 8,000 miles
 

1977 Pan American and KLM Boeing 747s collided on a runway in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The 542 people killed is the highest ever for an aviation disaster.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

DAY 85 - This day in legal and military history

March 26
 

NATIONAL Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
 

NATIONAL Spinach Day
 

NATIONAL Epilepsy Awareness Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1951 The United States Air Force flag design is approved

1953 Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio
 

1992 An Indianapolis court finds heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson guilty of rape
 

2008 California court ruling gives the heirs of Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster, who created 'Superman', serious money from the corporate descendants of Detective Comics for copyright violations

Saturday, March 25, 2017

DAY 84 - This day in legal and military history

March 25
 

NATIONAL Pecan Day
 

NATIONAL Waffle Day
 

NATIONAL Tolkien Reading Day
 

NATIONAL Medal of Honor Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1668 The first horse race in America takes place
 

1669 Eruption of Mt Etna, 20,000 die
 

1804 The Secretary of the Navy approved the first formal uniform of the Marine Corps
 

1986 Supreme Court ruled that the Air Force could ban the wearing of yarmulkes
 

1911 A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, a sweatshop in New York City, claims the lives of 146 workers
 

1934 Horton Smith won the first Masters golf tournament at Augusta National in Georgia
 

1954 RCA manufactures its first color TV set and begins mass production
 

1970 The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight

Friday, March 24, 2017

DAY 83 - This day in legal and military history

March 24
 

NATIONAL Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1883 Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York
 

1941 Donald Duck enlists in the Army, for the first of six war cartoons
 

1955 Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens at the Morosco Theatre in New York City
 

1980 ABC’s nightly Iran Hostage crisis program was renamed “Nightline
 

1989 The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DAY 82 - This day in legal and military history

March 23
 

NATIONAL Chip and Dip Day
 

NATIONAL OK Day
 

NATIONAL Puppy Day 

NATIONAL Near Miss Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1743 Handel’s Messiah is performed for the first time in London
 

1775 American revolutionary hero Patrick Henry, while addressing the House of Burgesses, declares “give me liberty, or give me death!”
 

1839 First recorded use of “OK” [oll korrect] was in Boston’s Morning Post
 

1857 Elisha Otis installs the first modern passenger elevator in a public building, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City
 

1903 The Wright brothers obtain an airplane patent
 

1909 British Lt. Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic South Pole
 

1981 US Supreme Court upholds a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women
 

1998 The motion picture epic “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards, tying it with “Ben-Hur” for the most ever
 

2002 Girls in Afghanistan celebrated their return to school for the first time in years
 

2010 President Barack Obama signed a health-care overhaul bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DAY 81 - This day in legal and military history

March 22
 

INTERNATIONAL Goof Off Day
 

NATIONAL Bavarian Crepes Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1765 The Stamp Act is passed, the first direct British tax on the American colonists
 

1790 Thomas Jefferson becomes the first US Secretary of State
 

1834 Horace Greeley publishes New Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker
 

1895 Auguste and Louis Lumiere first demonstrated motion pictures using celluloid film in Paris
 

1904 The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror
 

1935 Persia is renamed Iran
 

1997 Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth in the skies over the northern hemisphere. The comet’s next pass is predicted for the year 4397.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DAY 80 - This day in legal and military history

March 21
 

NATIONAL Common Courtesy Day
 

NATIONAL California Strawberry Day
 

NATIONAL Fragrance Day
 

NATIONAL French Bread Day
 

NATIONAL Single Parent Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1788 Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, 856 buildings, is destroyed by fire
 

1947 President Truman signed Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to swear allegiance to the United States
 

1851 Yosemite Valley was discovered

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1963 Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes
 

1980 President Jimmy Carter announces to the US Olympic Team that they will not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan
 

2001 Space shuttle Discovery glided to a predawn touchdown, bringing home the first residents of the international space station