Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 232 - This day in legal and military history

August 20

WORLD Mosquito Day 


NATIONAL Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia as slaves

1667 John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve

1882 Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow

1913 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely

1940 Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

1977 The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.  It is now approximately 7 billion miles from earth and still going.

1980 Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen

1982 US Marines land in Beirut

1998 The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval

2000 Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Day 231 - This day in legal and military history

August 19



INTERNATIONAL Homeless Animals Day

NATIONAL Aviation Day


NATIONAL Photography Day

NATIONAL Break the Monotony Day

NATIONAL Soft Ice Cream Day

NATIONAL Honey Bee Awareness Day [third Saturday in August]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1692 Five women are hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people are executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned.

1812 The USS Constitution earns the nickname Old Ironsides during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere

1919 The Marines’ Hymn” was registered with the US Copyright Office
Click here for Marines' Hymn by USMC band 

1934 Germans voted to make Adolf Hitler Fuhrer

1950 Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations

2004 Google Inc. stock begins selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market, with an initial price of $85 and an ending price for the day of $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded

2005 A supercell weather pattern hits Toronto, with a series of thunderstorms spawning several tornadoes and causing flash floods in Southern Ontario. Losses exceed $500 million Canadian dollars, the highest ever in the province.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 230 - This day in legal and military history

August 18

NATIONAL Bad Poetry Day  
Click here for Vogon Poetry as read by Marvin 

NATIONAL Men's Grooming Day

NATIONAL Mail Order Catalog Day

NATIONAL Ice Cream Pie Day


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1587 In the Roanoke Island (North Carolina) colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare become parents of a baby girl who they name Virginia, the first English child born in what would become the United States

1590 John White, the leader of the 117 colonists on Roanoke Island, returns from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found.

1894 Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service

1920 Tennessee becomes the 36th state to ratify the nineteenth amendment granting women’s suffrage, completing the three-quarters necessary to put the amendment into effect

1939 The film The Wizard of Oz opens in New York City

1958 Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita was published

1973 Hank Aaron makes his 1,378th extra-base hit, surpassing Stan Musial’s record

1982 Pete Rose sets a record with his 13,941st plate appearance

2011 Gold hits a record price of $1,826 per ounce

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 229 - This day in legal and military history

August 17

NATIONAL Thrift Shop Day

NATIONAL Vanilla Custard Day

NATIONAL Get Smart About Credit Day

NATIONAL Black Cat Appreciation Day

NATIONAL I Love My Feet Day 

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1969 Hurricane Camille devastated the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people

1978 Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon

1982 The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany

1998 President Bill Clinton admits to the American public that he had affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

1999 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake near Izmit, Turkey kills over 17,000 and injures nearly 45,000

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 228 - This day in legal and military history

August 16

WORLD Bratwurst Day

NATIONAL Wave at Surveillance Cameras Day

NATIONAL Tell a Joke Day

NATIONAL Rollercoaster Day 


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1691 Yorktown, Virginia, was founded

1777 France declares a state of bankruptcy

1858 US President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line

1861 President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy

1988 IBM introduces artificial intelligence software

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 227 - This day in legal and military history

August 15

NATIONAL Relaxation Day

NATIONAL Lemon Meringue Pie Day

NATIONAL Pythagorean Theorem Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1057 Macbeth, king of Scotland, was killed by Malcolm Canmore

1908 First Navy post offices established in Navy ships

1911 Proctor & Gamble Company introduced Crisco vegetable shortening

1914 The Panama Canal opens to traffic

1939 The Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood

1945 Gasoline and fuel oil rationing for World War II ends in the United States

1947 Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan

1969 Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York

1971 US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation

2001 Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own - two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper

2007 An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 226 - This day in legal and military history

August 14

NATIONAL V-J Day [commonly celebrated on September 2 when Japan formally surrendered]

NATIONAL Creamsicle Day

NATIONAL Social Security Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1457 The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.

1935 The Social Security Act became law

1945 Japan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II [Victory over Japan Day]

1947 Pakistan becomes an independent country

1974 Congress authorized US citizens to own gold

1987 Mark McGwire hits his 49th home run of the season, setting the major league home run record for a rookie

1994 Space telescope Hubble photographed Uranus with rings

1995 Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet at South Carolina’s state military college, The Citadel.  Her admission is met with intense resistance, including death threats, and she left the school a week later.

2001 Helios, a remote-controlled, solar powered NASA plane, reached a record 96,500 feet

2003 The largest blackout in North American history hit the northeast, affecting 10 million people in Ontario, Canada and 45 million people in 8 US states