Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 266 - This day in legal and military history

September 23

INTERNATIONAL Rabbit Day [fourth Saturday in September]

Oktoberfest begins in Germany

NATIONAL Checkers Day

NATIONAL Restless Legs Awareness Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1846 German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune

1942 Auschwitz begins experimental executions using poison gas

1950 Congress adopted the Internal Security Act, which provided for registration of communists. The Act was ruled later unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.

1996 "JAG" premiers on NBC, later moves to CBS, and runs for ten seasons

2001 President George W. Bush returned the American flag to full staff at Camp David, symbolically ending a period of national mourning for the 9/11 attacks

Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 265 - This day in legal and military history

September 22

First Day of Autumn

WORLD Rhino Day

WORLD Car Free Day 

NATIONAL White Chocolate Day

NATIONAL Business Women's Day

NATIONAL Elephant Appreciation Day


NATIONAL Ice Cream Cone Day


NATIONAL Hug a Vegetarian Day

NATIONAL Dear Diary Day

NATIONAL Native American Day [fourth Friday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1656 The General Provincial Court in Patuxent, Maryland, empanels the first all-woman jury in the Colonies to hear evidence against Judith Catchpole, who is accused of murdering her child. The jury acquits her after hearing her defense of never having been pregnant.

1776 American Captain Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by the British in New York City. His last words are reputed to have been, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

1862 President Abraham Lincoln changes the course of the war and American history by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation

1961 President John Kennedy signs a congressional act establishing the Peace Corps

1964 Premiere of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." on NBC-TV, which runs for four seasons

1970 President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill giving the District of Columbia representation in the US Congress

1980 The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 264 - This day in legal and military history

September 21

WORLD Gratitude Day

WORLD Alzheimer's Day


NATIONAL Miniature Golf Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1792 The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy

1897 The New York Sun published its famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"

1937 JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit is published

1989 General Colin Powell is confirmed by the US Senate as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1996 The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 263 - This day in legal and military history

September 20

NATIONAL Pepperoni Pizza Day  


NATIONAL String Cheese Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1990 Both Germanys ratified reunification

2001 US President George W. Bush, addressing a joint session of Congress, declares a “war on terror”

2011 The US military ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and allows gay men and women to serve openly

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 262 - This day in legal and military history

September 19

INTERNATIONAL Talk Like a Pirate Day

NATIONAL Butterscotch Pudding Day

NATIONAL Gymnastics Day

NATIONAL IT Professionals Day [third Tuesday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1892 The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, are posted on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman

1893 New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote

1957 The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 261 - This day in legal and military history

September 18

US Air Force Birthday

NATIONAL Cheeseburger Day

NATIONAL Respect Day

NATIONAL Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day

NATIONAL First Love Day

NATIONAL Rice Krispie Treat Day  

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1502 Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage

1793 George Washington lays the foundation stone for the US Capitol

1830 Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse

1850 Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which required the return of escaped slaves to their owners

1851 The New York Times begins publication

1873 The US bank Jay Cooke & Company declares bankruptcy, triggering a series of bank failures, the beginning of the Panic of 1873

1947 The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy, and Air Force, was passed.  The US Air Force was formed as a separate military service out of the old Army Air Corps.

1975 Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by violent radical group SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army)

1977 Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together

1998 ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for Websites worldwide

2009 The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 260 - This day in legal and military history

September 17


NATIONAL Locate an Old Friend Day

NATIONAL Citizenship Day

NATIONAL Constitution Day 

NATIONAL Apple Dumpling Day

NATIONAL Women's Friendship Day [third Sunday in September]

NATIONAL Wife Appreciation Day [third Sunday in September]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1787 The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America

1796 President George Washington delivers his “Farewell Address” to Congress before concluding his second term in office

1908 Lt. Thomas Selfridge, a passenger in a plane piloted by Orville Wright, became the first airplane fatality when the craft crashed

1916 Germany’s “Red Baron,” Manfred von Richthofen, wins his first aerial combat

1920 The American Professional Football Association - a precursor of the NFL - was formed in Canton, Ohio

1962 The first federal suit to end public school segregation is filed by the US Justice Department

1972 Premiere of "M*A*S*H", on CBS-TV

1976 The Space Shuttle is unveiled to the public

1994 Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America

1997 Dedication of a monument commemorating the horses and mules who died in military service during the Civil War, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

2001 The New York Stock Exchange reopens for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers; the longest period of closure since the Great Depression of the 1930s

2001 President Bush said the United States wanted terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden “dead or alive”

2004 The Coast Guard made the largest cocaine seizure in its history (to date) when Coast Guard and Navy forces located and seized 30,000 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Lina Maria approximately 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands

2004 Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth

2006 Alaska’s Fourpeaked Mountain erupts for the first time in at least 10,000 years

2011 Occupy Wall Street movement calling for greater social and economic equality begins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, coining the phrase “We are the 99%”