Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 324 - This day in legal and military history

November 20

Universal Children's Day

NATIONAL Absurdity Day

NATIONAL Beautiful Day


NATIONAL Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights

1945 The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg

1947 Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey
May 2007

1962 President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: The Soviets agree to remove their missiles from Cuba, and the US lifts naval quarantine of the island

1967 The US census reports the population at 200 million

1974 The United States files an antitrust suit to break up AT&T

1981 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released

2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to its lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 323 - This day in legal and military history

November 19

WORLD Toilet Day


NATIONAL Guinness World Record Day

NATIONAL Have a Bad Day Day

NATIONAL Play Monopoly Day

NATIONAL Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers the “Gettysburg Address” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg

1969 Apollo 12 touches down on the moon

1985 In the largest civil verdict in US history, Pennzoil wins $10.53 billion judgement against Texaco

1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not do their own singing on their award-winning Girl You Know Its True album

1998 The US House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton

2001 President Bush signs the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 322 - This day in legal and military history

November 18

NATIONAL Mickey Mouse Birthday

NATIONAL Housing Day

NATIONAL Push Button Phone Day

NATIONAL Adoption Day [Saturday before Thanksgiving]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1493 Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico

1820 US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer discovers Antarctica 

1861 Poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic

1865 Mark Twain’s first story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is published in the New York Saturday Press

1883 At exactly noon on this day, standard time zones began when American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times

1921 New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams

1928 Mickey Mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture

1936 The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined

1978 Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana

2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional (the first such ruling in the US)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 321 - This day in legal and military history

November 17

WORLD Peace Day

WORLD Prematurity Day

NATIONAL Electronic Greeting Card Day

NATIONAL Homemade Bread Day

NATIONAL Take a Hike Day 

NATIONAL Petroleum Day

NATIONAL Unfriend Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1800 Congress meets in Washington, DC, for the first time

1869 The Suez Canal is formally opened

1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal

1918 US influenza deaths far exceed World War I casualties

1969 Soviet and US negotiators meet in Helsinki to begin the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)

1973 President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, that “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

1988 Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto becomes Prime Minister, the first woman to lead a modern Muslim state

2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 320 - This day in legal and military history

November 16



NATIONAL Have a Party with Your Bear Day

NATIONAL Fast Food Day

NATIONAL Use Less Stuff Day

Great American Smoke-Out [third Thursday of November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1864 Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his “March to the Sea”

1907 The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state

1914 The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens

1920 Metered mail begins in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter

1933 The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations

1973 President Nixon signed the bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline 

2004 President George W. Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 319 - This day in legal and military history

November 15

America Recycles Day

NATIONAL Clean Your Refrigerator Day

NATIONAL Philanthropy Day

NATIONAL I Love to Write Day

NATIONAL Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1626 The Pilgrim Fathers, who settled in New Plymouth, buy out their London investors

1777 The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the US Constitution

1881 The American Federation of Labor is founded

1920 Forty-one nations open the first League of Nations session in Geneva

1960 The first submarine with nuclear missiles, the USS George Washington, takes to sea from Charleston, South Carolina

1969 A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, DC

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 318 - This day in legal and military history

November 14

WORLD Diabetes Day

NATIONAL Operating Room Nurse Day

NATIONAL Spicy Guacamole Day


NATIONAL Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

NATIONAL Young Readers Day [second Tuesday of November]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1851 Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick is published in New York

1889 Nellie Bly set out to beat Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg's time of 80 days to travel around the world. She did it in 72.

1908 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

1910 Lieutenant Eugene Ely of the US Navy becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship

1921 The Cherokee Indians ask the US Supreme Court to review their claim to one million acres of land in Texas

1922 The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House

1935 Nazis deprive German Jews of their citizenship

1960 OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) is formed

1963 Iceland gets a new island when a volcano pushes its way up out of the sea five miles off the southern coast

1968 Yale University announces its plan to go co-ed

2002 Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress

2003 Sedna, the most distant object ever found in our solar system, was discovered by astronomers at the Mount Palomar Observatory in California