Sunday, January 22, 2017

DAY 22 - This day in legal and military history

January 22
 

NATIONAL Hot Sauce Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

2004 NASA lost contact with the Mars Spirit rover
 


1997 The US Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state

Saturday, January 21, 2017

DAY 21 - This day in legal and military history

January 21
 

NATIONAL Squirrel Appreciation Day
 

NATIONAL Granola Bar Day
 

NATIONAL Hugging Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1790 Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, “more humane” method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possible

1903 The "Dick Act" creates the modern National Guard
 

1903 The US and Columbia sign the Hay-Herran Treaty, giving the US a 99 year lease and sovereignty over the Panama Canal Zone
 

1950 Former State Department official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury
 

1974 The US Supreme Court decides that pregnant teachers can no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence
 

1977 President Carter urges 65 degrees as the maximum heat in homes to ease the energy crisis
 

1977 President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders as long as they had not been involved in violent acts
 

2010 In a 5-4 decision that reversed previous decisions, the US Supreme Court rules in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the government cannot restrict the spending of corporations for political campaigns

Friday, January 20, 2017

DAY 20 - This day in legal and military history

January 20
 

NATIONAL Penguin Awareness Day 

NATIONAL Buttercrunch Day
 

NATIONAL Cheese Lover's Day
 

NATIONAL Disc Jockey Day
 

NATIONAL US Presidential Inauguration Day [Donald Trump officially becomes President of the US today]
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1841 China cedes Hong Kong to the British [who return it in 1997]
 

1946 President Truman creates the Central Intelligence Group, the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]
 

1964 The Beatles released their first album in the United States, "Meet the Beatles"
 

1981 President Reagan became the oldest president to take office (69 years and 349 days)
 

1981 After 444 days, 52 Americans held hostage by Iran are finally released
 

2009 Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th and first African-American President of the United States

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DAY 19 - This day in legal and military history

January 19

NATIONAL Popcorn Day 


NATIONAL Tin Can Day
 

NATIONAL Get to Know Your Customers Day [third Thursday of each quarter]
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1861 Georgia is the fifth state to secede from the Union
 

1920 The Senate rejects American membership in the League of Nations
 

1953 Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on "I Love Lucy". More people watch this show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower.
 

1980 President Jimmy Carter announces the US boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow [Back in the 80s, I once wrote a “letter to the editor” of Newsweek Magazine on this topic, and it was printed!]
 

1986 The first IBM PC computer virus is released
 

2001 President Clinton admitted he made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DAY 18 - This day in legal and military history

January 18
 

NATIONAL Winnie the Pooh Day
 


NATIONAL Thesaurus Day
 

NATIONAL Peking Duck Day 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1775 The Continental Congress presents its petitions to the British Parliament
 

1915 The US Revenue Marine is renamed the US Coast Guard
 

1943 A wartime ban is introduced on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the United States, to save metal parts in slicing machines
 

1957 Three US Air Force jets complete a nonstop around-the-world flight, averaging over 500 miles per hour
 

1962 The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas
 

2014 NASA scientists beam a picture of the Mona Lisa to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft orbiting the Moon, marking a first in laser communication

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DAY 17 - This day in legal and military history

January 17
 

NATIONAL Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day
 


NATIONAL Kid Inventors Day
 

NATIONAL Bootlegger's Day
 

NATIONAL Hot Buttered Rum Day 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1893 Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii is overthrown by a group of American sugar planters led by Sanford Dole
 

1977 Gary Gilmore became the first person executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reintroduced
 

1985 A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve themselves
 

1998 President Clinton became the first sitting US president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit
 

2007 President George W. Bush announces that the NSA is now required to obtain warrants for wiretapping and domestic surveillance


Monday, January 16, 2017

DAY 16 - This day in legal and military history

January 16

Martin Luther King Jr Day [third Monday in January]
 

NATIONAL Nothing Day
 

NATIONAL Fig Newton Day
 

NATIONAL Religious Freedom Day
 

NATIONAL Without a Scalpel Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1909 One of Ernest Shackleton‘s polar exploration teams reaches the Magnetic South Pole
 


1920 National Prohibition under the 18th Amendment goes into effect [repealed in 1933]
 

1945 Adolf Hitler takes to his underground bunker for 105 days until he commits suicide
 

1991 The Persian Gulf War begins with Operation Desert Storm