Monday, January 23, 2017

DAY 23 - This day in legal and military history

January 23

NATIONAL Handwriting Day [John Hancock's birthday]


Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1556 The deadliest earthquake on record killed 830,000 in Shansi, China.

1845 US Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman physician in the US.

1964 The 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.

1973 President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

1977 Alex Haley’s Roots begins a record-breaking eight-night broadcast on ABC.

2004 US District Judge in LA, Aubrey Collins, ruled that a part of the Patriot Act that makes it a crime to give expert advice to foreign terrorist organizations, was unconstitutional.

2013 The US Armed Forces overturns its ban on women serving in combat, reversing a 1994 rule and potentially clearing the way for women to serve in front-line units and elite commando forces. 

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