Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 144 - This day in legal and military history

May 24
 

NATIONAL Escargot Day
 

NATIONAL Tiara Day
 

NATIONAL Scavenger Hunt Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1543 Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.
 

1607 Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia
 

1738 The Methodist Church is established
 

1764 Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures
 

1844 Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message
 

1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opens
 1940 Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight
 

1958 The United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (UPI)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 143 - This day in legal and military history

May 23
 

NATIONAL Lucky Penny Day
 

NATIONAL Turtle Day
 

NATIONAL Taffy Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
 

1788 South Carolina becomes the eighth US state
 

1830 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States
 

1873 The North West Mounted Police force, later known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was formed in Canada 

1911 The New York Public Library opens its main building, on Fifth Avenue
 

1949 The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) is formally established as a separate nation
 

1977 The US Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell in connection with their Watergate convictions

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 142 - This day in legal and military history

May 22
 

WORLD Goth Day
 

NATIONAL Buy a Musical Instrument Day
 

NATIONAL Maritime Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1849 Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock
 

1906 The Wright brothers are granted US patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”
 

1947 The first US ballistic missile was fired
 

1967 The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers
 

1972 Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
 

1973 President Nixon confessed his role in the Watergate cover-up
 

1985 Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108
 

1992 Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host
 

2004 An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person
 

2011 An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 141 - This day in legal and military history

May 21
 

NATIONAL Memo Day
 

NATIONAL Waiters and Waitresses Day
 

NATIONAL Talk Like Yoda Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1881 The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton
 

1927 Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis

1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland)
 

1956 The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific
 

1989 In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 140 - This day in legal and military history

May 20
 

NATIONAL Armed Forces Day [third Saturday of May]
 

NATIONAL Learn to Swim Day [third Saturday of May]
 

NATIONAL Be a Millionaire Day
 

NATIONAL Pick Strawberries Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1861 North Carolina becomes the 11th and last state to secede from the Union
 

1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West. The Act allows adults over the age of 21, male or female, to claim 160 acres of land from the public domain.
 

1874 Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets
 

1944 US Communist Party dissolved
 

1990 The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 139 - This day in legal and military history

May 19
 

NATIONAL Boys Club Day
 

NATIONAL Bike to Work Day [third Friday of May]
 

NATIONAL Endangered Species Day [third Friday of May]
 

NATIONAL Pizza Party Day [third Friday of May]
 

NATIONAL Devil's Food Cake Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1921 Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants entering the United States
 

1928 The first annual Calaveras County "Frog Jumping Jubilee" was held in Angel's Camp, California
 1958 The United States and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
 

1964 US diplomats find at least 40 microphones planted in the American embassy in Moscow
 

2013 US Navy dolphins find a rare nineteenth-century torpedo off the coast of California

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 138 - This day in legal and military history

May 18
 

INTERNATIONAL Museum Day
 

NATIONAL No Dirty Dishes Day
 

NATIONAL Visit Your Relatives Day
 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
 

1642 The city of Montreal was founded by the French
 

1861 Arkansas admitted to the Confederate States of America
 

1896 The Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the “separate but equal” policy in the United States
 

1917 The US Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I
 

1942 New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II
 

1951 The United Nations moves its headquarters to New York City
 

1980 After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours