Monday, February 13, 2017

DAY 44 - This day in legal and military history

February 13

NATIONAL Get a Different Name Day

NATIONAL Tortellini Day

NATIONAL Clean Out Your Computer Day [second Monday in February]

WORLD Radio Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1635 The oldest public school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, was founded

1795 The University of North Carolina became the first US state university to admit students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student on campus for two weeks

1865 The Confederacy approves the recruitment of slaves as soldiers, as long as the approval of their owners is gained.

1866 Jesse James robs his first bank, in Liberty Missouri

1914 The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded

1920 The League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland

1936 First social security checks are put in the mail

1950 A B-36 bomber on a routine training exercise developes engine trouble and jetisons a 30-kiloton Mark 4 (Fat Man) nuclear bomb into the Pacific

1970 General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel

1989 The judge in the Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North sent the jury home amid a continuing disagreement between the prosecution and defense over protecting classified materials

1997 Discovery’s astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the shuttle for a one billion mile tune up to allow it to peer even deeper into the far reaches of the universe

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