Friday, February 17, 2017

DAY 48 - This day in legal and military history

February 17

NATIONAL Random Act of Kindness Day

NATIONAL Cabbage Day

NATIONAL Caregiver Day [third Friday in February]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1801 The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr

1817 Baltimore became the first US city lit by gas

1865 Columbia South Carolina is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through

1870 Mississippi became the 9th state readmitted to the US after the Civil War

1925 The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy

1933 The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States. The 21st Amendment reverses the 18th.

1945 US Navy "frogmen" clearing beaches at Iwo Jima take heavy losses

1947 With the words, “Hello! This is New York calling,” the US Voice of America (VOA) begins its first radio broadcasts to the Soviet Union

1959 The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II

1975 Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan

1996 Chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM computer, Deep Blue, winning the six-game match

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