Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DAY 24 - This day in legal and military history

January 24

NATIONAL Beer Can Appreciation Day

NATIONAL Compliment Day

NATIONAL Macintosh Computer Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1848 James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento, beginning the California Gold Rush

1908 Boy Scouts movement begins in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys.  Robert Baden-Powell organized the first Boy Scout troop in England.

1933 The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices.

1958 After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, two light atoms were bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in the first man-made nuclear fusion.

1961 A B-52 breaks up over the North Carolina coast, losing two H-bombs, one of which is still missing.

1972 Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered hiding in the jungles of Guam, having spent 28 years thinking World War II was still going on.

1986 The Voyager 2 space probe swept within 50,679 miles of Uranus.


  1. I love reading your daily posts.

    Today's are amazing facts. The missing H bomb, that's scary.

    1. Glad you're enjoying my posts! Yes, I thought that was rather disconcerting. A missing H-bomb????