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