Thursday, February 23, 2017

DAY 54 - This day in legal and military history

February 23


NATIONAL Banana Bread Day


NATIONAL Chili Day [Fourth Thursday in February]

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1822 Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city

1836 The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna

1846 The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday.  A hairline fracture had developed since 1817 and a failed attempt to repair it resulted in the crack. 

1861 Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union

1870 Mississippi readmitted to the Union

1896 Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirschfield. Tootsie rolls are still found in some of today’s MREs.

1903 Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”

1904 US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

1919 USS 'Osmond Ingram' (DD-255) launched, the first US Navy ship named for an enlisted man

1921 An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York

1940 Woody Guthrie dated his song “This Land Is Your Land” to this day. His original title was “God Bless America.”

1942 A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil

1954 Mass inoculation begins as Salk’s polio vaccine is given to children for first time

1960 Whites join Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem NC Woolworth store

1998 Osama bin Laden declared a holy war on the US

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