Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DAY 45 - This day in legal and military history

February 14

Valentine's Day

NATIONAL Ferris Wheel Day

NATIONAL Library Lovers' Day [I qualify as this!]

NATIONAL Cream Filled Chocolates Day

NATIONAL Organ Donor Day

NATIONAL Safer Internet Day [second Tuesday in February]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1859 Oregon is admitted as the 33rd state in the Union

1899 Congress approved, and President McKinley signed, legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections.

1912 Arizona is admitted as the 48th state in the Union

1920 The League of Women Voters is formed in Chicago in celebration of the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

1924 Thomas Watson founds International Business Machines Corp [IBM, where my father worked from about age 20 until he retired at age 50]

1929 Chicago gang war between Al Capone and George “Bugs” Moran culminates with several Moran confederates being gunned down in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

1939 Germany launches the battleship Bismarck.

1989 Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini charges that Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses, is blasphemous and issues an edict (fatwa) calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.

1990 Space probe Voyager 1 took photographs of entire solar system.

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